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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

Lincoln recovers from Placer loss to defeat Colfax

Zebras stay atop PVL
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Lincoln News Messenger
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A loss to Placer last week abruptly ended a 13-game win streak for the Lincoln varsity boys basketball team but they bounced back two days later to defeat Colfax 57-46 at home to stay atop the PVL standings.

Four Zebras scored in double digits, Marcus Salgado (14), John Reyes (11), Alexis Gonzales (10), and Adam Felt (10).

The all-around performance was even more impressive considering head coach Robert Ash implemented a new game plan specially suited for the Falcons.

With emphasis on the Zebras’ depth at the guard position, the scheme focused on wearing down Colfax’s shooters with constant pressure on both sides of the court.

“That game plan was literally put together in two hours,” said Ash. “They executed it perfectly.”

Ash said defeating Colfax was important. He said the Falcons are a team that will make a push for the PVL title in the comings weeks.

Gonzales scored on an assist from James Pallas for the first points of the night, but a 10-4 run by the Falcons seemed to dampen the Zebras’ attack.           But before the period ended, Salgado scored on a field goal and Felt drained a 3-pointer to give Lincoln an 11-10 lead after one quarter.

Reyes came alive with two-consecutive scores late in the second, including a court-spanning layup after a steal.

After the break, both teams displayed offensive prowess shooting over 50 percent from the floor. The two clubs combined for 32 points in the third period.

Midway through the final period, Colfax got within five on a Matt Larson field goal.

That’s when Salgado began attacking from beyond the arc. In the next four possessions, he connected on 2-of-3 attempts to give Lincoln an 11-point lead. Reyes sealed the game with a 3-for-5 performance at the foul line.

“I feel we came in confident, especially after Wednesday’s devastating loss,” said Gonzales. “This win was huge; I’m loving this team.”

PLACER 66, LINCOLN 43

Lincoln’s 13-game win streak ended at the hands of the Hillmen last week.

Placer started fast, capitalizing on Zebras’ turnovers. Despite Lincoln’s efforts, they were never able to get back into the game.

LINCOLN 57, COLFAX 46

Falcons           10        11        15        10 – 46

Zebras            11        16        17        13 – 57

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Colfax – 16-36, 11-20, 46, 3Pt 3-15. Lincoln – 23-49, 6-16, 57, 3Pt 5-14.

Turnovers – C 13, L 7

TEAM LEADERS

Lincoln – Salgado 5-9, 2-2, 14, 3Pt 2-4, Reyes 3-6, 4-7, 11, 3Pt 1-1, Gonzales 5-7, 0-4, 10, 3Pt 0-1.

Assists – Salgado 4, Gonzales 3.