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Placer can’t keep pace with Lincoln

Prep Boys Basketball
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Placer High boys have made a habit of jumping on teams early this season. On Wednesday night at Earl Crabbe Gym the Hillmen found themselves on their backs early as a fired up Lincoln squad made a bold statement.
The Zebras raced out to a 20-4 advantage after one quarter and never trailed. They rolled to a 70-56 win, sending both teams to 2-2 in the Pioneer Valley League.
“They had more energy than we did in the first quarter,” Placer coach Mark Lee said. “They got good looks and they made them. We had some point blank looks that we missed. Give credit to Lincoln. They played very hard and we were a step slow with everything we did.”
Lincoln’s defense kept Placer from developing any offensive rhythm. Isaiah Pineiro scored 14 to lead the Hillmen while Cody Riggs was held to nine.
Meanwhile Lincoln displayed its depth and balance right from the start. Sophomore Ethan Everett led the way with 24. Senior Travis Miskell scored 11 off the bench and senior Kyle Lowe added eight, including two big 3-pointers.
The Zebras had six players in the scorebook by the end of the first quarter.
“We’re usually pretty balanced, but we don’t usually score 70,” Lincoln coach Robert Ash said. “Our offense was just way better tonight.”
Placer made several runs to slice into the deficit. The Hillmen went on a 12-3 run to open the second quarter. But Lincoln answered and held a 35-22 lead at the half.
Placer junior Andrew Dahlin scored four straight points to end the third quarter, but the Zebras still led 50-36. Riggs’ 3-pointer midway through the fourth made it a 10-point game, but Lincoln made another push and Placer could not keep up.
“We cut it to seven (in the second quarter) and then we’d make a mental error on a defensive rotation and give up a lay-in,” Lee said.
The first Sac-Joaquin Section power ratings will be released early next week and both Placer and Lincoln figure to be in the mix for playoff berths in Division III. But Lee said playoffs are not in the discussion at this point.
“It’s too early to talk about playoffs, that’s three weeks away,” he said. “We’re .500 in league. We need to focus on Foothill Friday.”
The Hillmen (15-6 overall) will visit Sacramento to take on the league-leading Mustangs, who are fresh off a 72-56 win over rival Center Wednesday night.

Bear River 52, Colfax 46 at Colfax — The Bruins picked up a big road win as they dominated the second and third quarters and held on against the rival Falcons.
Bear River (1-3 PVL, 8-11 overall) got 21 points from junior Justin Beskeen. Jonny Cassar scored 17 and Trevor McGhee added 12 for the Bruins, who led 41-30 through three quarters.
Junior Matt Larsen led the Falcons (0-4 PVL, 9-12 overall) with 15 points. Luke Beninga scored 12 and Taylor Dorsey added eight.