Alameda transfer gives Bear Creek boys hoops offensive spark

Dennis Pleuss
Jeffco Public Schools
Posted 12/17/19

LAKEWOOD — Luis Miera has come home. After three years at Alameda International and helping the Pirates to 18-7 record last year averaging 15.3 points per game, Miera transferred to Bear Creek High …

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Alameda transfer gives Bear Creek boys hoops offensive spark

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LAKEWOOD — Luis Miera has come home.

After three years at Alameda International and helping the Pirates to 18-7 record last year averaging 15.3 points per game, Miera transferred to Bear Creek High School to finish out his prep career.

“He was a Bear Creek kid from the beginning,” Bear Creek’s boys basketball coach Will Gosch said about the transfer from Alameda. “He had to go live with another family member for awhile. The family in the Bear Creek community really turned it around and he had the opportunity to come back here to finish out his senior year at Bear Creek.”

Miera is the Bears’ leading scorer so far this season averaging 19.6 points per game. He poured in 15 points, including three 3-pointers Dec. 13 as Bear Creek rallied from a double-digit deficit against Hinkley in the semifinals of the Bear Creek Invitational.

“I knew I was going to be a spark right away with this team,” Miera said. “I just try to get my guys going and pushing it.”

Miera and junior Liam Franks (16 points) pushed the Bears to a 61-50 victory over the previously undefeated Hinkley (4-2 record). The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 14-2 lead midway through the first quarter.

Bear Creek’s first field goal didn’t drop until Franks hit a 3-pointer with 2:50 left in the first quarter. Gosch said he felt the reason for the slow start against Hinkley was due to his team’s warm-ups were flat.

“We are a young team with not a lot of varsity experience,” Gosch said. “We are really trying to take it one game and one day at a time. It took awhile to wake-up tonight.”

Bear Creek tightened up defensively and made a living at the free-throw line in the second half. Hinkley top two scorers — Jeremiah Taylor (18 points) and Jeremiah Warren (16 points) — both fouled out in the final minutes.

“This is a big win,” Miera said. “We dropped a game in Grand Junction last week that we knew we shouldn’t have lost. We went back to practice, back to the drawing board and came back strong.”

Bear Creek went 10-for-16 from the free-throw line in the final quarter and Franks scored seven points to seal the win.

“We are learning our roles and they know not one kid can beat a team out there,” Gosch said. “I think that fourth quarter it felt like everyone was contributing. That is really our system.”

The win advanced Bear Creek (4-2) to the tournament’s championship game Saturday.

“It means a lot, especially being the defending champion,” Gosch said of getting back to the title game in the annual tournament the Bears host. “How cool it would be to go against Coach Pachner and Arapahoe?”

That is precisely what happened. Gosch faced his old mentor Troy Pachner and Arapahoe. Gosch was an assistant coach under Pachner at D’Evelyn before Gosch took the helm of Bear Creek’s program.

Pachner was able to pick up his 401st career victory as the Warriors knocked off the host Bears 58-53 in the tournament championship game. Miera had a game-high 24 points for Bear Creek in the loss.

Dennis Pleuss is a media specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com.

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