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Bruins put Hillmen title hopes on hold

By: Mike Ray
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With the basketball regular season curtain ready to drop for closing Friday night, it was a wild night of prep hoops Wednesday for area teams.

On the boys side of the ledger, in Shingle Springs, host Ponderosa put a hold on Placer’s Foothill Valley League championship coronation with an 84-52 rout of the Hillmen.

The victory, Ponderosa’s second over Placer this season, allows the Bruins to draw even with the Hillmen in the FVL standings, each at 7-2.  

The loss by the Hillmen puts even more importance on Friday’s FVL season-closers when Placer hosts Lincoln and Ponderosa visits Oakmont.

For the Hillmen, regardless of the outcome of Friday’s game with Lincoln, a complicated scenario exists in regards to Friday league playoff games for seeding, involving Dixon-Pioneer and Rosemont-El Dorado, that will also factor in to where Placer will land for the postseason.

Lincoln, meanwhile, will come to Placer Friday following a 64-48 win Wednesday over Nevada Union. The win cinched a playoff berth for the Zebras (6-3, 18-9).

A possibility of a three-way logjam for FVL honors still exists with Lincoln needing to upend Placer and Oakmont having to upset Ponderosa in order for that to happen.

Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s action:

 

BOYS

Ponderosa 84, Placer 52

Running into another hot shooting night from the Bruins, the Hillmen were never really in this one as Ponderosa led 23-13 after a quarter, stretched it to 40-25 at halftime and then buried Placer with a huge 23-8 third quarter.

Ponderosa (15-11, 7-2) was led by 6-foot-2 senior guard Elijah Henderson, who blistered the nets for 28 points including 16 in the Bruins’ big second half. Ty Uber and Luke Tank each followed with 11 points.

Placer (17-10, 7-2) was led by Max Petrenko, who scored 18 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. A total of 50 fouls were called in the game. Peyton Harbour added eight and Ian Howes seven for the Hillmen.              


Colfax 44, Lindhurst 33

Due to a myriad of reasons, it’s been a long year for the Falcon boys this season. One year removed from being a game away from playing for a CIF state championship, the Falcons have struggled just to break into the Pioneer Valley League win column this season.

However, that all changed Wednesday.

Receiving 13 points from Jake Green, 11 from Alex Weir and playing their best defense of the season, the Falcons clamped down on the visiting Blazers to win their first PVL game of the season.

Michael LaVigne and Sam Sinor both added six points each for the Falcons, who also received good defensive play from Wyatt Paul. Colfax (7-16) hosts Foothill Friday in its final contest.

 

Center 69, Bear River 51

The Cougars trailed the Bruins for two and a half quarters before using a late third-quarter surge to overtake the visitors and get on their way to the win, which allowed the Cougars to grab at least a share of the PVL title..

Bear River held a 33-28 lead at the intermission before Center’s press started to take effect and enabled the Cougars to outscore Bear River 41-18 in the second half.

Brad Smith’s 19 points and 10 from Brekyn Vasquez topped Bear River. Center (19-7, 8-1) was led by Emari White with 24 points and Daniel Andreyev with 14. Center will host Marysville (7-2) Friday with a piece of the PVL title on the line.

Bear River (14-11, 5-4) is tied for third place in the PVL standings and also with a current No. 11 rating in the D-IV MaxPreps rating, looks to have a playoff berth locked up. The top 15 rated teams advance this season to the postseason.  

 

GIRLS

Del Oro 48, Folsom 32

Del Oro girls basketball coach Shawn Huckaby noted earlier this week that his team is looking forward to the upcoming playoffs, and Wednesday night the Lady Eagles went out and proved it.

Receiving 23 points from senior guard Jenna Duley and putting together a shutdown defensive outing, the Lady Eagles (21-6, 4-5) played superbly in handing the Bulldogs their first Sierra Foothill League loss of the season.

Duley’s 23 points included a trio of treys and a 2-for-2 night from the foul stripe. Also playing well for the Lady Eagles were Maya Strautman and Madison Parry, who each bucketed 10 points.

Strautman came up with three steals while Parry was her usual rebounding self by grabbing 12 caroms. Also having a hand in the win were freshman Madison Butcher with seven rebounds and Delaney Davenport with six.