“Just a couple of more spares or strikes and we come home with a win,” bemoaned new Bradley coach Don Burke of the 17.5-9.5 tally.
The Bearettes struggled as well, with Rhea claiming a 22-5 victory in their match.
After coming up just 16 pins short in the opening game, the Bears tied the hosts in Game 2, but couldn’t get over the hump completely with a seven-pin deficit in the final game for a 2,866-2,843 total pin fall tally.
While Alec Norwood did as he has done most of the season with a team-high 564 series, including a 205 high game, the Bears got personal bests from Mitchell Baker and Braden Sneed. Baker posted a 541 three-game total, with a 204 high game, while Sneed rolled his best series and game of the year with 480 including a 193.
Tanner Ratcliff helped out the Bear cause with a 468 series that included a pair of 171 games.
In the girls’ match, Rhea took 13 of the 18 heads-up battles to breeze to a 400-pin victory.
Kealey Collins once again topped the Bearette effort with a 461 series, including a team-high 166 game.
Kristin Davis and Chloe Wallace helped out with a 383 and 379 series respectively.
The Bradley teams will take some time off for the holiday and return to the lanes Dec. 4 with a trip to East Ridge.