Placer boys beat Bear River in overtimeBy: Trevor Horn / Special to the Journal
Call it whatever you want, but this one was a good old fashion foothill shootout.
Down by two points with just seconds remaining in regulation, Travis Anderson tipped in a shot as the buzzer went off to send Bear River into overtime at home against Placer.
With crowds on both sides rushing the court, the referees ruled Anderson got the shot off before the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime with Placer pulling out a 58-55 thriller at Bear River in a classic Pioneer Valley League showdown.
“It’s huge. Any win in the PVL is big and especially against Bear River,” Placer senior Isaiah Pineiro said.
Pineiro scored a game-high 31 points including 21 of Placer’s 24 second-half points. Pineiro also grabbed 18 rebounds.
“He did a nice job going up strong. He did a much better job,” Placer head coach Mark Lee said.
Behind a 10-point second-quarter performance by Justin Beskeen, Bear River (14-10, 1-7) outscored Placer 22-13 in the quarter and went into halftime with a 28-25 lead.
But Pineiro scored 11 points in the third quarter for Placer (18-7, 5-3).
After two games playing limited minutes because of foul trouble, Pineiro found a way to continue to play with intensity while staying on the court.
“I’ve been in foul trouble these last few games and I am working on it,” Pineiro said.
With a neighborhood rivalry, the intensity got heated with the student sections chanting back and forth and on the court as well.
After Pineiro was knocked to the ground, he was apparently kicked in the face by Braden Duncan. The refs called a technical foul on Duncan, which sent Pineiro to the line for four foul shots 15 seconds into the fourth quarter.
“After that, it got me going, but it happens,” said Pineiro, who went on to score all 10 points for Placer in the fourth quarter.
Michael McNamara scored four of his 13 points in overtime for Placer.
Beskeen scored 23 points for Bear River and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Anderson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Bruins remain one win from an automatic 15 wins to get into the playoffs next week.
“That is a very tough game for both teams,” Lee said. “It was hard fought and it was tough to get a good shot.”
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