Placer High School will play in the championship game of the 71st Kendall Arnett Basketball Tournament on Saturday at 8 pm as Isaiah Pineiro lifted the Hillman to a 69-61 dog fight of a victory over El Camino High School in a semi-final contest.
The Hillman played most of the second half without their sharpshooting point guard Peter Kean as he picked up his 4-foul within the first two minutes in the third quarter.
The Earl Crabbe Gymnasuim got a rockin when a El Camino player locked up with Pineiro in a jump ball and proceeded to hit Placer's star player in the mouth with him fist. I missed the punch but got the coaches and fan reaction as well as the fans yelling hostily at #11 as he was escorted out of the gym. The video is below.
At the end quarter that looked more like a football game than a basketball game El Camino held a 10-8 lead. Placer committed 7 fouls and El Camino tallied 8. Placer turned the ball over while El Camino shot poorly from the foul fine or the scoring may have been high.Placer took the lead at 14~12 midway through the second as both teams continued to playing tough hard-nosed man to man.El Camino knocked down 3 consecutive 3 pointers in the final 2 minutes of the first half to extend their lead to 31-23 at the break.Placer's kean picked up his 4th foul with 521 to play in the 3rd. Kean is the teams primary ball handler and 3 point shooter. Placer tPlacer re-takes lead 34~33 with 3:24 remaining in 3rd on an old school 3 point play by McNamara.Placer came out of the locker room not wanting to disappoint their home crowd and roared back to take the 44~40 lead to end the thirdEl Camino post player got tied up with Pineiro in a jump ball and hit Pineiro in the face and was ejected from the game.El Camion is a poor foul shooting team.3 min to play placer takes the lead 55~53 and does not look back as Pineiro continued his dominance.
The stands were rocking to the Hillman Band as Placer has not won their own tournament since 2004.
Del Campo vs Woodcreek
Day two scoreboardColfax dropped Bear River 67-53
Union Mine dropped San Juan 71-63
Del Campo dropped Woodcreek 67-57
Placer dropped El Camino 69-61
Bear River will play San Juan at 3:30 (7th and 8th place)
Colfax will play Union Mine at 5:00 (5th and 6th place)
El Camino will play Woodcreek at 6:30 (3rd and 4th place)
Placer will play Del Campo at 8:00 (Championship)