Boys basketball roundup: Pineiro goes off for 27 points, 11 boards in Placer win

Colfax, Forest Lake Christian, Bear River also win
By: Journal sports staff
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The Placer High School boys basketball team got off to a quick start Thursday night in the opener of the Harlan Carter Tournament. 
Isaiah Pineiro had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Hillmen allowed just 17 first-half points in a 78-63 victory over Liberty Christian in the Foothill of Palo Cedro contest. 
The victory marks the first official win of the season for Placer (1-0), as its 65-57 Foundation Game win over Roseville Monday at Earl Crabbe Gym doesn’t count in the standings.
Michael McNamara added 12 points and eight boards and Peter Kean chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds for the Hillmen, who play Shasta Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the second round on the event. 
With a 26-point cushion in hand, Placer was outscored by Liberty 46-35 in the second half. 
Joseph Lynch led Liberty with a game-high 29 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half but he managed to score only a bucket in the first two quarters. 
Colfax 68 El Dorado 62 – Senior guard Taylor Dorsey connected on five 3-point baskets, including three in a pivotal fourth quarter as Colfax rallied from a 33-29 halftime deficit to get past El Dorado in the opening round of the Cougars’ Gold Dust Classic in Placerville. “Taylor hit some big shots for us,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell, whose cagers improved to 2-0 on the young season. “It was a good win for us. El Dorado played real scrappy.” Matt Larson led the Falcons with 21 points, including 14 in the second half. Dorsey chipped in with 19 more and Will Buell finished with 14. Colfax meets South Tahoe Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round of the six-team round robin tournament
Forest Lake Christian 51, New Life Christian 30 — The Forest Lake Christian Falcons put together a good offensive outing in their season opener at the Faith Christian Tournament in Yuba City. “Our transition offense is finally coming alive,” coach Jason Camacho said. “It’s something we’ve been working on. We need to get our transition defense going. We’re a really fun team.” Chase Augustino scored 23 points, knocking down five 3-pointers, Roman Makovey chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds and Brandon Camacho added eight points and eight assists for the Falcons (1-0), who play in the second round of the tournament Friday against Stockton Christian at 5 p.m. 
Bear River 64, Head-Royce 51 — Justin Beskeen led the Bruins with 25 points and Charlie Espinoza and Tyler Hajewski added nine in a first-round victory at the American Canyon Tournament Thursday night. “It was close until we a made a big run in the third quarter with 3-pointers from Espinoza and Hajewski,” Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie said. The Bruins play the tournament’s host Friday at 8 p.m.