Boys basketball

Placer mauls Bear River, 64-44

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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An Isaiah Pineiro bucket in the second quarter gave the Hillmen an early 19-point lead and sent the Gold Mine into a frenzy.

“This is boring!” the Placer student section ecstatically cheered. “This is boring!”

Though things got a little more interesting in second half, the Hillmen still went on to score a 20-point victory over Bear River.

Pineiro had 23 points, including 17 in the first half, as the Hillmen bounced back from a Pioneer Valley League loss at home with a 64-44 victory over the Bruins at Earl Crabbe Gym Thursday.

Placer (15-5, 2-1), controlling all aspects of the contest, took a 43-16 lead into halftime.

“After the Colfax game we watched film and figured out that we weren’t playing that tough of defense and we wanted to come out tonight and shut them down,” said Pineiro, who scored 12 in the second quarter alone.

Said Placer coach Mark Lee: “We played much better defense tonight. Team defense in transition was better tonight. We rotated much better.”

Andrew Dahlin and Peter Kean both added 10 points for Placer, which plays four of its first five PVL games at home before spending most of the stretch of its league season on the road.

Bear River’s leading scorer Justin Beskeen, who missed Tuesday’s match because of an illness, was held to just one point in the first half. Beskeen picked up two fouls in the first two and a half minutes of the contest and sat out the rest of the opening quarter.

“I thought our energy level wasn’t very good,” said Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie of the first half. “We weren’t at our best; they were playing really well.”

Beskeen, like his teammates, came alive in the second half and finished the evening with 14 points.

Charlie Espinoza scored seven points and Nick Bachus added six for the Bruins, who used a 14-0 run early in the third to come within 51-35.

Bear River (13-6, 0-3) is still looking to get its first PVL victory.

 “We’re looking forward to a win,” Ganskie said. “I’m not sure when that’s coming. We got to keep trying to get better and trying to execute better. We’re kind of in a little bit of a funk right now.”

Bear River hosts Colfax Wednesday and Placer heads to Lincoln. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Check back later tonight for a video from the game. 

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