Placer cruises past Bear River

Boys basketball roundup
By: Staff Report
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AUBURN– Just because they are no longer in the same league doesn’t mean the Placer Hillmen and Bear River Bruins can’t rekindle the old rivalry.


Tuesday, the Hillmen used a 28-point second quarter to build a 47-29 lead by halftime over the visiting Bear River Bruins, who were without leading scorer and rebounder Brad Smith. The Hillmen improved their record to 5-5 after Tuesday’s 86-60 win.


Placer, who shot 59 percent from the field to Bear River’s 41, was led by sophomore Max Petrenko, who poured in 20 points on an efficient 10-of-11 shooting. Fellow big Konner Baroni chipped in 16 points with five steals and Owen Tucker and Barrett Lichau scored 10 points each for the Hillmen.


“(Placer) had a lot of layups tonight,” said Bear River head coach Jeff Bickmore. “We just weren’t physical enough down low with those guys. They kept going with the high-low looks. When they get high-percentage shots like that, it’s tough to beat anybody.”


Justin Powell led the Bruins with 21 points while Jace Rath chimed in with 11 points and six rebounds in the losing effort.


The Bruins are in the midst of a stretch of five games in as many days. Bear River came back with a 59-53 win over Lincoln Wednesday. The Bruins host the Ganskie Tournament this weekend, where it will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


The Hillmen travel Thursday to Jackson for the Argonaut Tournament. Placer opens play at 3:30 p.m against Paradise.


Woodcreek 58, Del Oro 50

The visiting Timberwolves outscored the Golden Eagles 17-11 in the decisive fourth quarter to grab the non-league win in a matchup of former Sierra Foothill League foes.


Harkaran Sidhu’s 15 points and 11 by Hudson Habermehl led Woodcreek. Del Oro, which fell to 1-4 on the season was led by Jack Welty with 22 points. The Golden Eagles play Calaveras at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament Thursday.  


Union Mine 82, Colfax 50

The host Diamondbacks jumped out to a 30-15 lead after a quarter and went on to post the easy non-league victory over the short-handed Falcons, who dressed just seven players. Maxx Wolff’s 22 points and 11 from Dakota Campos led Colfax. The Falcons (1-3) play Mt. Shasta Friday at 7:30 p.m in the Lassen Tournament in Susanville.


Foresthill 78, San Juan 61

A good opening quarter which saw Foresthill run out to a big 24-11 lead helped spur the Wildfires past the Spartans Tuesday night. Nick Lechner had a big night for the Wildfires with 27 points, including four first-half treys.


Kaiden Pennington added 10 points, Elias Estrada nine and Caleb Medrano eight for the Wildfires, who open action in the Stokes Tournament being played at Kelseyville on Thursday.




Del Oro 58, Davis 45

Madison Parry erupted for 26 points and also controlled the boards by snaring 24 rebounds to help push the Lady Eagles to the non-league victory Tuesday on the road.


Del Oro (8-1) led the Blue Devils 34-27 at intermission and then followed Parry’s big double-double effort for the win. Senior guard Jenna Duley connected for 20 more points for the winners while Natalie Moulos grabbed 12 rebounds.


Colfax 61, Durham 32

The Lady Falcons (8-1) tuned up for their trip to the Mountain House Tournament in Tracy with the easy win over the visiting Trojans Tuesday night.


Colfax, which was led by Grace Bliss’ 21 points and 19 from Jazzy Owens, built a 30-21 halftime lead before busting the contest wide open with a 22-6 third-quarter spurt. Colfax plays Lathrop Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in its Mountain House first-round game.


Whitney 47, Placer 37

Placer slipped to 5-4 with the loss to the Wildcats Tuesday in Rocklin. Placer opens play in the Lincoln Tournament on Thursday.


Bear River 77, Amador 58

The Bruins used a 41-point first half to build a lead and then cruise home to the non-league victory over the Herd Tuesday at Lake of the Pines.

Bear River will play San Juan at 6:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Ganskie Invitational Thursday.