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Hillmen Try To Protect Homecourt Against Colfax Boys Tonight

Placer, Falcons Both Take 14-4 Records Into PVL Contest
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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It didn’t take long for Pioneer Valley League boys basketball teams to find how just how important the home court advantage may play out in this year’s expected down to the wire PVL title chase.

In last Thursday’s opening round of PVL boys play, all three home teams picked up big opening night wins in games that were all decided by nine points or less.

“I think it will be huge,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell about being able to protect the home court in this year’s PVL race. “Teams that can win on the road this year will get an added plus.”

Tonight, O’Connell’s Falcons (14-4, 0-1) will venture to Placer’s Earl Crabbe gym to take on Placer (14-4, 1-0). Last Thursday while Colfax was clipped at Foothill, 58-53, Placer was hanging on at home for a 60-57 victory over Center.

The Colfax-Placer match-up takes on two-fold importance tonight when you realize that four of Colfax’s first five PVL tilts are on the road while four of Placer’s first five league contests are in the Earl Crabbe.

In other PVL action tonight, all varsity games starting at 7 p.m., Bear River will try and bounce back from its 53-44 loss to Lincoln when they host Foothill and Center will play at Lincoln.

In PVL boys action on Thursday, Colfax returns home to play Center, Placer hosts Bear River and Lincoln ventures to Foothill.

In Sierra Foothill League play Tuesday, Del Oro travels to Granite Bay, Roseville will entertain Woodcreek and Rocklin visits Nevada Union.