Wednesday Dec 12 2012
Placer boys put on a scoring clinic vs. Pioneer
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
All healthy Hillmen appear on scoring sheet
With starting point guard Brennan Entz sidelined because of an injury, the Placer High boys basketball team may face some adversity in the coming weeks.
Such was the not case, however, against visiting Pioneer.
Isaiah Pineiro had 19 points and nine rebounds in limited playing time, Logan Frew added 10 points and every capable body on the Hillmen roster ended up on the scoring sheet in an 82-54 throttling of the visiting Patriots Tuesday night at Earl Crabbe Gym.
“I want to be out there,” said Entz, who tore a ligament in his thumb at last Thursday’s practice and is expected to be out for at least a couple of weeks, “but it was fun seeing the other guys play.”
Placer (5-1), using Peter Kean, Noah Daly and Frew as point guards, jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the opening five minutes, 30 seconds and never looked back — even when clearing its bench.
“The scouting report we had on them was they couldn’t handle pressure,” Placer coach Mark Lee said of the 2-6 Patriots. “So we went after them with full-court man and then full-court trap. The kids did a nice job of rotating and moving their feet.”
Aside from Entz and Jalen Lewis (collarbone), all of the non-injured Hillmen scored Tuesday, including Kean (9 points), Grant McElvain (8), Matt Darrow (7), Felix Oliveros (6), Michael McNamara (6), Kyle Hedden (4), Daly (4), Caidon Evans (3), Dylan DiRuscio (4), Jordan Tucker (3) and Andrew Dahlin (2).
“That’s always nice to see,” said Oliveros, who knocked down two 3-pointers in the first half. “It’s always good to see everybody get some playing time and get to score and contribute.”
Lee was glad to get all the boys out on the court.
“We’ve got four games this week,” he said. “It was great for us to get starters a limited amount of playing time and get everyone else a lot of playing time.”
Placer takes on Kennedy Thursday at the opening round of the three-day Antelope Tournament. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.
“Thursday we play a very good, athletic team in Kennedy,” Lee said of the 2-3 Cougars. “We’ll be tested there.”
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