In a game of five-on-five, sometimes, it just takes two.
Placer Highâs senior duo of Jordan Ferreira and Jeremy Lillis combined for 47 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five of the Hillmenâs 15 steals to lead the Hillmen to a 70-43 victory over a scrappy and physical but ultimately undersized Lincoln squad on Tuesday at Earl Crabbe Gym in Auburn.
Ferreira had four of the five steals and finished with 28 points, including a pair of layups after Lincoln had closed a 43-27 halftime deficit to 43-30 early in the third quarter that launched Placer on a 19-0 run to effectively end the game.
Placer outscored the Fighting Zebras 17-3 in the third quarter.
âIt was a very physical game,â coach Mark Lee said. âThey played hard. We pressured them got our big guys going a little bit inside.â
Placer faced early foul trouble and struggled a bit to open the game, but Ferreiraâs steal-and-layup capped a quick 8-0 run to give Placer an 18-9 lead and force Lincoln to call timeout.
âWe were off on some of our defensive rotations,â Lee said of the start.
The Hillmen pushed the lead to 26-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Fighting Zebras hung tough throughout the second, absorbing several Placer mini-runs, and though Placerâs press forced them into turnovers, they were able to break it often enough â and score when they did, to stay within shouting distance. Lincoln rattled off six straight points just before the end of the half to trail 43-27 at the break.
Justus Horse hit a three to start the third, and suddenly the intensity seemed to ratchet up.
âWe went to a half-court man-to-man to start the third,â Lee said. âThey hit the three, and we extended it.â
And Ferreira and Lillis, who were huge throughout inside, took over.
By the time Lincoln scored again, at 6:15 of the fourth quarter, Placer was ahead 62-30, and all that remained to be decided was the final margin….