Time runs out on Bears fourth quarter comeback

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Wendell Bradley dribbles around a Wildcat defender.

 

by A.C. Hall

Facing a tough opponent in the midst of a busy Lake Worth tournament where they played multiple games a day, Brewer took the Humble Wildcats right up to the final seconds on Friday afternoon.  

Things started out slightly sluggish for the Bears offense which appeared out of rhythm in the opening quarter.  The Bears pulled even with Humble at one point, but at the end of the first found themselves down by 6 points.

 

Richard Juarez scores 2 against the Wildcats as Wendell Bradley looks on.
Richard Juarez scores 2 against the Wildcats as Wendell Bradley looks on.

Brewer started the second quarter on a 7 – 2 run to get within one, but again Humble pulled away.  Several times in the quarter the Wildcats started to distance themselves but each time the Bears were able to close the gap and stay close.  It was clear that if Brewer could keep Humble close enough then they’d have a chance to win the game in the end.

The lead grew for Humble early in the second half as they were up by 10 points, but Brewer continued to scrape and claw to close the gap and keep themselves in the contest.  The Bears surged in the fourth quarter, capturing their first lead of the night just a few minutes into the final quarter as they went up 50 – 49.  Humble reacted swiftly, however, going on a 6 – 0 scoring run to reclaim their lead.

Alex Bagg looks for an open man after being cornered by two defenders.
Alex Bagg looks for an open man after being cornered by two defenders.

As time ran out Brewer was able to get off several three point shots but struggled to get any to fall.  In the closing seconds of the game, Brewer was down 65 – 61.  The Bears were able to hit one final 3 point shot but from there time expired, handing them a loss of 65 – 64.

Brewer doesn’t have another scheduled home game until January 9 of the new year when they’ll face Wichita Falls Rider.

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