Placer boys thwart Lincoln's 13-game win streak

By: By Joshua Guiterrez / Special to the Journal
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LINCOLN — With a 66-43 win, the Placer varsity boys basketball team ended a 13-game win streak by opposing Lincoln to improve to 3-1 in the Pioneer Valley League.
Coming into tonight, the Zebras boasted the only spotless record in the league, but a well rounded performance by the Hillmen evened the standings atop the board.
Isaiah Pineiro played exceptional, shooting 9-for-11 and ended the night with a team-leading 22 points.
In the opening period, Pineiro connected on three-consecutive field goals before missing his next two attempts.
Pineiro sat out the second period with foul trouble, but upon his return, the senior forward made the most of every shot, shooting 7 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the foul line.
“I just tried to seal early,” Pineiro said after the game. “And my guards were able to get it to me.”
Peter Kean and Michael McNamara scored double-digit points on the night, shooting 11 of 20 as a duo, and scoring 17 and 12 points, respectively.
The Hillmen opened the night with an 11-2 run, capitalizing on four turnovers by the Zebras, a recurring theme for Lincoln, which ended the night with 20 giveaways.
With Pineiro on the bench in the second period, McNamara and Brennan Entz each drained 3-pointers to lead the Hillmen into the half with a 33-24 advantage.
With a 13 of 20 performance after the break, Placer extended its lead over Lincoln, keeping double-digit separation throughout most of the half.
With an ever-attentive tempo, a late play by Andrew Dahlin signified the Hillmen’s night.
With an 18-point lead, Dahlin caused Lincoln’s Matt Shirley to lose possession, as the ball drifted behind the pair, Dahlin fell hard on the court to retrieve the errant basketball and in one motion flipped the ball to Kean for a layup.
Tuesday’s win was the first road game for the Hillmen, and the start of five-of-seven road tests, as the PVL schedule winds down.
Placer head coach Mark Lee spoke after the game, commenting on his team’s performance and the road ahead.
“It’s tough to win here in Lincoln, they’re a well-coached team,” Lee said. “We feel very fortunate for the win and going forward.”