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Bear River falls to Woodcreek despite Beskeen’s 32 points

By: Brett Ransford / Special to the Auburn Journal
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Bear River put up big numbers, but the Woodcreek boys basketball team edged a 66-58 win in its opening game of the 71st Kendall Arnett Tournament at Placer High on Thursday.
 
Justin Beskeen carried nearly all the Bruins’ eggs in his basket, scoring 32 points in a double-double performance that inevitably fell short.
 
Meanwhile, four Woodcreek players scored at least 10 points in a second-half surge. Woodcreek did a reversal – dying and then living again on its three-point shooting.The Timberwolves made just 1 of 7 three-pointers in the first half and trailed 28-21 but hit 7 of 11 in the second, including its first three in the third quarter.
 
Noah Blackwell scored six points and Tyler Milani scored seven as Woodcreek outscored Bear River 22-14 in the third.
“We picked up our defensive intensity, too, and we weren’t as lazy as in the first half,” Blackwell said. “I look up to (Milani) because he keeps me up and I think we have a good chance in this tournament.”
 
Sean Chew also did his part to keep Woodcreek up, scoring 12 points. Max Morse had 10 points.The quartet also made life frustrating for the game’s top scorer.
 
Beskeen scored all his points with about five minutes to spare in the fourth. He then picked up four fouls in less than two minutes and the team spiraled down.
 
Bear River turned over the ball 21 times. Beskeen left the court once only to allow for an intentional foul late in the fourth.
 
“I’m definitely not a one-man team,” Beskeen said. “We have to have everybody contribute, because if it’s one on five it’s never going to work. We played well; it just didn’t fall in our favor.”
 
Woodcreek advanced to play Del Campo on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Del Campo beat Colfax 70-67.
Bear River will play Colfax at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.