ARVADA - Times are tough for both Bear Creek and Pomona boys’ basketball this season.
Going into their Wednesday meeting, the two teams had two total wins between them.
Two historically very proud programs are simply down right now, but that didn’t stop the two teams from delivering their best efforts.
Bear Creek defeated Pomona 62-37 Wednesday at Pomona High School.
D.J. Miles scored 25 points and added six rebounds for the Bears, who needed to continue hitting big buckets down the stretch to hold off a feisty Pomona team.
“Coach challenged us to get better and win five of these games down the stretch,” Miles said. “It started with a good effort tonight and I am proud of my teammates that we were able to get it done.”
Pomona, on the other hand, missed on their opportunity for a second win of the season and their first of 2013.
Down for most of the contest, and looking like the game might get away from them in the third quarter, Pomona inserted junior Justo Camara into the game.
Instantly the most intense player on the court, Camara helped rally his team not only with his six points, but with defense that would have impressed Michael Jordan.
“It’s a maturity thing for us. We have a lot of guys who are getting their first varsity experience this year. But I have seen a lot of progress, it just hasn’t turned into wins for us this year,” Camara said.
With Camara’s help Pomona trimmed a 13 point lead down to 33-27 midway through the third quarter. But the Bears would go on a 9-0 run and take a big lead into the fourth quarter.
“The final score doesn’t tell the whole story,” Camara said.
However, the Bears will take the win, and they earned it. After nearly upsetting Lakewood last week Bear Creek has gained some confidence which they displayed against Pomona.
“We are starting to come along I just wish it would have happened a little sooner and we had a few more wins,” Bear Creek coach Zach Morris said. “We have a lot of young players, a lot of sophomores, but we are continuing to get better.”
Though beaten Pomona coach Brian Zehnder was proud of the way his team stayed in the game and didn’t fold.
“But we are happy about is that we cut our turnovers way down and that was the reason why we were still in the late,” Zehnder said. “Sometimes we struggle to score but that is going to happen on nights but if we play with limited mistakes and play defense we will be in most games.”
Both programs are sharing some of the same struggles this season. Coaches from both teams postgame said it is their team’s lack of playing four full quarters that has been their problem this season.
“We will have a really good half but we will follow it up with a really bad one. Or we will have a really slow start to the game and the hole we dig keeps us from getting all the way back in some games,” Morris said.
Bear Creek (2-13, 1-7) will host Dakota Ridge Friday at 7 p.m. Pomona (1-13, 0-7) hosted Standley Lake Wednesday at 7 p.m.