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Boys Optimist game: Bear River’s Beskeen prefers playing with Colfax, Placer stars than against them

By: Trevor Horn / Special to the Journal
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ANTELOPE - The last two-and-a-half months have been all volleyball for Bear River senior Justin Beskeen. The Cal State Northridge commit hasn’t played a basketball game since the Bruins finished the regular season with a 52-43 loss at Center High School.

So playing in the 36th Annual Evening Optimist boys all-star basketball game Saturday in the same gym felt a little better.

“It felt great,” Beskeen said. “Our last game didn’t end so well, so coming out here with this fun stuff really sets a tone for me leaving this sport.”

Along with Placer forward Isaiah Pineiro, Colfax wing Will Buell and Del Oro guard Trevor Pistochini, the four players represented the North team that lost 113-105 in a high-flying game that has become the norm for all-star games at Center.

“It is a good experience for us to come together with the best players around and have a game,” Pineiro said.

The senior led the Hillmen to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and scored four points on Saturday, including a crowd-pleasing, two-handed dunk in the first half.

Buell scored the most of the four foothill players with seven points. The senior led Colfax to the CIF NorCal regional playoffs and a 24-7 overall record.

For Beskeen, who scored six points in the Optimist game, playing on the same side with other Pioneer Valley League foes was a more enjoyable affair than banging heads against them during the regular season.

“It is lot more fun playing with them than playing against them,” Beskeen said.

Pistochini averaged 9.9 points a game this season for Del Oro, helping to lead the Golden Eagles into the section playoffs. Pistochini scored five points on Saturday, including a late 3-pointer.

Sacramento High senior Joseph Barnes led the game with 24 points and was named the South MVP. Sacramento State commit and Casa Roble senior Eric Stuteville scored 21 points and was named North MVP.

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