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Lincoln goes cold as Bear River wins 56-39

Zebras suffer second half blues
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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They say all good things must come to an end and it did for Lincoln High boys basketball team falling to the visiting Bear River Bruins, 56-39, Tuesday. Coming off two solid wins last week, the Fighting Zebras appeared they might take a solid hold on second place in the Pioneer Valley League. Bear River had other ideas and Lincoln didn’t have an answer. “Obviously, we didn’t make shots. We kind of got lackadaisical,” said Lincoln coach Robert Ash, and added the schedule change from Wednesday to Tuesday left the Zebras with only one day’s practice. “I think we just sort of thought we could show up and score points. We had two 70 point games (last week).” Lincoln had just three turnovers in the first period but ended the game with 20. The boys in blue had an edge in rebounds but couldn’t put the ball in the basket. They came out flat in the third quarter and the Bruins simply ran away. “They came out (at halftime) and went on a 6-0 run and we didn’t have a response,” Ash said. “They didn’t do anything offensively that we didn’t expect was coming. We just didn’t take care of the ball. Bear River’s Justin Beskeen had 21 points scoring most of them in the paint. He was 6-7 from the free-throw line. The Zebras’ Travis Miskell led the home boys with 12; Steven Venturino had seven. Ethan Everett could not get untracked and finished with three, all free throws. Lincoln fell to 3-3 in league, 12-11 overall. The Bruins are also 3-3 and 10-11 overall. The Zebras travel to Center for a game tonight. COLFAX _ The Zebras put the final touches on Lincoln’s Winter Homecoming by defeating the Falcons, 73-56, last Friday. The boys in blue scored 44 points in the second half. Colfax used its big men to break the Zebras’ press, but couldn’t stop Lincoln’s second 70-plus point performance. Miskell scored 16, Marcus Salgado 15, Kyle Lowe 14, and Venturino 13. The Falcons held Everett to eight points, but he had six rebounds and three blocks in the contest. Lincoln also knocked down 10 of 12 charity tosses to help seal the victory. PLACER _ The Zebras took a 20-4 lead in the first quarter and rolled to a 70-56 win over the Hillmen, Jan. 25, in Auburn. Everett poured in 24 points for Lincoln, 10 in the fourth quarter. He also blocked four shots. The Zebras’ bench scored 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Miskell had 11 points; Lowe had eight points hitting two treys. James Pallas and Adam Felt had seven points apiece. “We’re usually pretty balanced, but we don’t usually score 70,” Lincoln coach Robert Ash said. “Our offense was just way better tonight.” Todd Mordhorst, Gold Country News Service, contributed to this report; visit www.zebrabasketball.com for more on Lincoln basketball BEAR RIVER 56, LINCOLN 39 Bruins 7 13 15 21 – 56 Zebras 13 10 7 9 39