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Placer Hillmen vs Analy Tigers Div. III CIF Northern Region State Playoff Game.

For the second year in a row the Placer Hillmen Boys basketball team is hosting a 1st round state playoff game.  Placer #20 in the state amongst Div III  is hosting Analy who is ranked #32 in the state.

 Game is tonight and the Door will open at 6:00 p.m.

Placer finished 25-4 overall and with a league record of 9-1 and are the Champions of the Pioneer Valley League (PVL). The Hillmen are the #8 seed in the Div. III State playoffs. Placer lost in the quarter-finals of the Section Playoffs to Vista Del Lago 78-53 on Friday March 24th.

 Analy from Sebastopol, CA is seeded #9 and finished the regular season with a 25-6 overall mark and were Champions on the Sonoma County League (SCL) with a 12-0 Record. Analy lost in the semi-finals to Campolindo 68-53 in the Div. III North Coast Section Playoffs

 The winner of this game will face the winner of #1 St. Ignatius and #16 Rio Americano on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the site of the remaining highest seeded team.Ticket prices are: Adults $9 and Students $5 with school ID, Senior Citizens are $5. Reminder no parent passes, and no Student ASB cards will be accepted at this event.

Playoff ticket prices are regulated by the governing body of the CIF State and all revenue generated by ticket sales at all Playoff games are sent to the State Office.

Reminder that all whistles, air horns and other air-powered or mechanically powered devices are prohibited.

 Auburn Journal article

Redemption? A last chance at glory? An opportunity to walk off the court in better fashion than down 25 points?

Placer High boys basketball coach Mark Lee would settle for better defense and an opponent not shooting 62 percent from the floor.

“We haven’t talked about” Placer’s 78-53 drubbing at the hands of red-hot Vista Del Lago last week in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III quarterfinals, Lee said. “We learned some things from it, worked on a few things.”

Tonight, they get to show what they learned in the opening round of the CIF State Boys Div. III Tournament. The Hillmen, the 8-seed, will host No. 9 Ayala at 7 p.m.

The Tigers, who hail from Sebastopol, are led by a big center, 6-7 senior Jordan Armstrong, who averages 10.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and three blocks per game; a slightly smaller senior in 6-2 Aidan Toner-Rodgers, who scores 16.9 points, grabs nearly four rebounds and dishes out almost three and a half assists a game; and senior 6-1 guard Dom Tripodi, who scores just more than 15 points and racks up a couple of assists and rebounds each time out.

Wait, a three-headed senior group with a big man and a pair of scorers who can also pass? Is this Ayala … or Placer?

“That’s what a few coaches have told me, that they are a lot like us,” Lee said. “They have a couple of shooters, a big, active kid inside who blocks a lot of shots, like to push in transition, run a very good motion offense and are extremely scrappy on defense. They play hard, and they compete.”He was still talking about Ayala. That whole paragraph could have been cut-and-pasted from any description of this year’s Hillmen.Perhaps the memory of Vista Del Lago raining down threes and jump shots from all over the court will be extra motivation for Jeremy Lillis, Jordan Ferreira, Kai Huntsberry, et. al.Or maybe just being here will be motivation enough. The Hillmen, after all, had expected their season was done after the quarterfinal loss, only to be given a reprieve when the CIF elevated Div. III champ Capital Christian to the Open Division for the state tournament. And then, on top of the reprieve, they were given an opening-round home game.“I think it’s going to be a very aggressive, hard-fought game,” Lee said. “But I also think it’s going to be a little bit of an up-and-down game, too. They like to push it; so do we. Whoever can convert is going to be successful.”