Bruins’ double OT heartbreak

By From page A6 | February 10, 2014

MARCUS FORBES, pictured in an earlier game, had a clutch layup in the final minute of regulation play Friday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

MARCUS FORBES, pictured in an earlier game, had a clutch layup in the final minute of regulation play Friday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Outscoring host Ponderosa 8-2 in the second overtime Friday, Pleasant Grove outlasted the Bruins 60-54 in Delta River League play.

Ponderosa had chances: tied and Josh Bist at the free throw line with 11 seconds left in regulation; then up three with a minute left in the first overtime.

“I love my chances with Josh at the line … I’ll take that any time in a heartbeat,” Bruin coach Troy Selvey said. “We had some trouble starting the game and they (Eagles) created turnovers and got out in transition. Defensivley we were able to put some things together that frustrated them.”

Friday’s featured matchup in the middle between Ponderosa’s Chris Syder and Marquese Chriss never materialized as both had foul trouble. Snyder outscored his counterpart 16-9 but the Bruins never fully took advantage of Chriss’ limited minutes as he and backup Matthew Arrivan both fouled out leaving Pleasant Grove severely undersized.

Despite controlling the game’s tempo, Ponderosa trailed the entire night before a spirited run sent the game to overtime.

The Eagles led by 12 early in the fourth before the Bruins made their move beginning with a Snyder free throw. A tough 3-point play on Richie Munoz’ shot that crawled over the rim preceded two free throws by Marcus Forbes and Snyder’s basket off the glass.

With Pleasant Grove content to hoist and miss three-pointers, Bist drove, drew a foul and sank two from the line. The Eagles still led 47-40 but Bist drilled a corner three and Ponderosa sat within two on Forbes’ layin with 22 seconds left.

After James Fox hit a pair of freebies, Matt Bejsovec quickly countered with a drive to the hoop. In the ensuing confusion, Pleasant Grove turned the ball over and Bist converted a scoop shot with 11 ticks left, was fouled but missed the free throw for the lead.

“They inbounded and lost it and I picked it up and had a wide-open layin. On the free throw I took it a little too fast,” Bist said. “If we can keep it close in the fourth we feel we have a chance to win. Down eight, we still felt it was our game.”

The Bruins held defensively as action shifted to overtime. Forbes broke the tie with a free throws before Snyder scored across the lane with his right hand. Fox’s 3-point play with a minute left tied the game and Ponderosa held when the Eagles worked for the final shot.

In the second overtime, turnovers and missed shots hurt the Bruins. Johann Tate’s three and basket off the glass as the shot clock wound down had Pleasant Grove up five before Snyder’s two free throws with 40 seconds left kept it a one-possession game.

The Eagles sealed the win at the foul line as Ponderosa could get no closer.

After Snyder (seven rebounds, four blocks), Bist scored 11 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked two shots. Munoz had eight big points off the bench; Bejseovec’s (seven rebounds) seven points were all key; Forbes ran the team, made big plays late and finished with eight points; and Shelby Lee, with stellar defense on Chriss, added three points.

Tate had 19 points for Pleasant Grove and Fox 13.




Jerry Heinzer

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