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Off to work they go: Placer starts 5-game week with 21-point win over Woodland

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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For the second time in seven days Placer hosted a Woodland basketball team, and for the second straight week the results were eerily similar: a double-digit victory for the boys that call Earl Crabbe Gym home.
Isaiah Pineiro had 17 points, Andrew Dahlin added 13 and the Hillmen beat the Woodland Wolves 56-35 to start off a stretch of five games in five days. 
“We’re 1-0 for the week,” said Dahlin, who knocked down two 3-pointers and converted a four-point play. “We’re looking forward to going 5-0, hopefully.” 
Placer (7-2) kicks off the four-day Rail City Classic today in Sparks, Nev., against co-host Wooster. The tournament, which features four games a day at both Sparks and Wooster high schools for four days, is being held under a 16-team format for the first time. 
Placer coach Mark Lee, whose teams have competed in the Nevada event the last five years, has several concerns with the extended trip.
Such as?
“The kids getting tired, not going to be sleeping in their own beds, they’re going to be in hotels,” Lee said. “We’ll try to monitor them and get them some sleep. We’re going to get worn down, so the bench will have to be very supportive this week.”
Of playing five games in five days, Dahlin said, “It’s definitely stressful. You get a little tired. But it’s do-able.”
Against Woodland, the Hillmen opened with a 7-0 lead but led just 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. They took a 23-15 advantage into the break. 
Woodland (1-8) wasted much of the first half passing the ball around until the shot clock nearly expired, and airballed on numerous occasions. 
“They were holding the ball,” Placer coach Mark Lee said. “The (halftime) score was indicative of what they were doing.”
Placer’s Peter Kean, playing point guard while Brennan Entz (thumb) is still out due to injury, had nine points on the night. 
Jalen Lewis, a senior who has been sidelined since hurting his collarbone late in the football season, entered the game in the waning minutes marking his first action on the court this season. 
“He was cleared yesterday,” Lee said. “It’s nice to get him in uniform tonight. He’s been working out and getting in shape. It’s nice to have another body.”

Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel