STOCKTON — All the Bruins could do was sit and watch.

After a season of running, pressuring, 3-point burying, winning, and running some more, the record-setting Bear Creek girls basketball team had to endure a section championship ceremony as a silver medalist.

No. 1 Antelope surged past second-seeded Bear Creek 66-58 in overtime in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II final Friday at Pacific’s Spanos Center, in a frenetic, emotional and relentless game.

OT was decisive, as the Titans (25-5) made clutch shots and exploited their height advantage. Regulation was anything but, as the Bruins saw a 3-point try that could’ve been a game-winner fall short in the final few seconds.

Instead, Antelope would capture the blue banner, leaving several Bear Creek players to wipe away tears on the bench.

They all politely filed to halfcourt to be celebrated as the section runner-up before Antelope was given the coveted banner.

“This is definitely unfortunate,” a somber Bruins coach Anthony Matthews said postgame, “but you have to look back at what you’ve done.”

Certainly, Bear Creek (28-3) has done its share to elevate the program. And they’re not done yet, with the state playoffs looming Wednesday.

The Bruins ran through San Joaquin Athletic Association play undefeated, and reached the section championship stage for the first time in school history. In fact, Bear Creek hadn’t dropped a game to an in-section opponent until Friday night.

Matthews, the former McNair coach in his second year at Bear Creek, has made the section finals three times in the past six seasons.

“He was saying that he’s proud of us,” Bruins senior Vanessa Cochrane said, of Matthews’ postgame message, “about how far we’ve come.”

Cochrane and Maya Price, the two seniors on Bear Creek’s precocious roster, combined for 26 points. Cochrane tallied a team-high 16, including four made 3-pointers (with three in the third quarter), while Price posted 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Andraya Perez hit three 3s off the bench for nine points.

Junior forward Dey Dey Lewis grabbed 11 rebounds, but fouled out midway through overtime attempting to take a charge. Without Lewis’ presence in the interior, Antelope cruised to the end.

Bear Creek extended its lead to six points with 2:25 to go in regulation, after Cochrane sank two technical free throws and point guard Mya Blake split a pair.

But Antelope center Arianna Spann (6-foot-1) continued her reign of dominance with a bucket in the paint and a putback to cut the deficit to two.

The Titans forced a turnover, and Jordan Goodwin drained two free throws after being fouled on a shot to tie it at 56.

Bear Creek had the ball with under 30 seconds left, and after a missed shot, the ball rolled out of bounds off an Antelope player. The Bruins’ ensuing 3-point try fell short, and the Titans won OT 10-2.

“It just came down to them hitting shots,” Matthews said.

It also came down to rebounds and free throws. Antelope out-rebounded Bear Creek 68-45, including grabbing 39 offensive rebounds. Spann and Jzaniya Harriel had an astounding 21 rebounds each, and the two combined for 43 points (22 for Spann, 21 for Harriel).

The Titans also took 21 free throws to the Bruins four, though they made only 10 of them.

“The game’s not over when you’re up,” said Cochrane, who emphasized the Bruins could’ve done a better job boxing out. “They kept getting rebounds and rebounds.”

Bear Creek awaits its fate for the CIF NorCal playoffs, which are seeded Sunday and begin Wednesday. Matthews, who coached the 2013-14 McNair team to a NorCal championship game, believes the current system that focuses on competitive equity could impact Bear Creek’s seeding.

As in, the Bruins could be a poor seed in Division I instead of being one of the top teams in Division II.

“We’ve written a lot of history this year,” Matthews said. “We still can write some more history.”