Hillmen come up just short in thriller in Lincoln

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Key free throws by Lincoln down the stretch put the game just out of the Placer High boys basketball team’s reach Thursday night.
Junior guard Josh Turner hit a 3-pointer in the waning seconds to cut the Zebras’ lead to one, but time ran out on the Hillmen as they dropped a 62-61 barnburner before a packed house at Lincoln.
Seniors James Taber and Josh Klem each recorded double-doubles for the Hillmen (16-10, 7-3 Pioneer Valley League). Taber scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Klem had 16 points and led Placer with 11 rebounds.
Turney chipped in 11 points for the Hillmen, and senior guard Michael Jensen added 10.
Placer led the game 27-25 at halftime but found itself trailing Lincoln (18-6, 8-2 PVL) 44-42 entering the fourth quarter. The Hillmen opened the period with a 6-0 run to go up by four, the first of five times the lead would change hands before the period ran out.
The game was tied at 58 before seniors Keenan Hale and Jacob Courage each went 1-for-2 at the foul line in the final 16 seconds to put the Zebras ahead to stay. Senior guard Dusty Foster then made two free throws to give Lincoln a 62-58 advantage, all but sealing the win.
Placer’s junior varsity team lost 45-29, while the Hillman freshmen won 55-50.

Mesa Verde 42, Bear River 39 at Lake of the Pines — Sophomore guard Sean Smtih had 11 points and senior center Jordan Beskeen added 10 as the Bruins (10-11, 2-8 PVL) fell to the Mavericks.
Bear River’s junior varsity and freshman teams both won.