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Bears Struggle In Season Home Opener Against Marcos De Niza
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29 November 2017  
Marcos De Niza senior guard Sunny Ozuna brings the ball up court against Bradshaw Mountain High School on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photo by: Torrence Dunham

Third Quarter Struggle Sinks Bears In Home Opener

PRESCOTT VALLEY- The Bradshaw Mountain High School Bears men’s basketball team had trouble finding the bottom of the basket during the home opener on Tuesday, November 28th, as the Bears fell to the Padres 54-33.

“We’re extremely disappointed with our effort,” Bradshaw Mountain Bears Head Coach Matt Simpson said.

Bradshaw Mountain started off the game with a 4-0 lead. However, that would be the last time Bradshaw Mountain held a lead for the remainder of the game. The Padres went on a 16-2 run that lasted through the middle of the second quarter.

The Bears would claw back and decreased the deficit to four at the half.  

Once the third quarter began, things went south for Bradshaw Mountain quickly as the Bears only recorded five points while the Padres added 22-points to their lead.

“We felt pretty good in the first half,” Bradshaw Mountain senior Jeff Walker said. “The second half we just came out dead.”

Bradshaw Mountain would recover a bit in the fourth quarter with 11 points, but the struggles in the third quarter were too steep for the Bears overcome.

“We had a bad third quarter, we didn’t come out really strong,” Simpson said. “We had a better fourth but when you dig yourself a hole, it’s really hard to come out of it.”

Holding onto the ball was part of the issue for Bradshaw Mountain on Tuesday as the team committed 26 turnovers. Part of the turnover issue was Marcos De Niza who attacked the ball while on defense and intercepted a number of Bradshaw Mountain passes.

“They’re a pretty good team, they got a lot of athletes,” Walker said. “They were in our face and we just couldn’t handle it. We’ll work on it.”

While the results were not there on Tuesday night, the season is still early and Simpson mentioned there is plenty of time for the Bears to improve.

“We’re trying to figure out who we are, trying to find our identity,” Walker said. “We know what our strengths are, we just have to execute them.”

“We’re getting there, we’re growing,” Walker continued.  

The Bears (0-3, 0-1 Grand Canyon Region) head to Sedona Red Rock High School for the Red Rock Hoops Classic on December 1st against Blue Ridge High School, Snowflake High School and Mingus Union High School.

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.