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Placer Miners take second at Warrior Classic tournament

Loomis Basin Athletic League
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A trio of Loomis Basin Athletic League schools — Placer, Newcastle and Loomis — competed in last weekend’s Warrior Classic 7th grade boys basketball tournament hosted by Weimar Hills Middle School. Here’s a recap of the three teams’ results: Placer Elementary (3-1) — The Miners won three straight games before falling to Magnolia 33-32 in an exciting championship game on Saturday afternoon. In their opening game, the Miners used a late game rally to ease past Seven Hills of Nevada City, 32-27. Remington Mosburg’s 11 points, nine from Justin Burrage, six from A.J. Muscarella and five by Jonathan Small led the win. In a wild quarterfinal game, Placer outlasted Barrett from Carmichael, 54-50, as Burrage erupted for 30 points and Muscarella added 10. Placer then defeated Newcastle, 39-23, in the semi-finals with Small’s 12 markers leading the way. In the finals, a pair of late free throws by Magnolia proved to be the difference in the game. Burrage, who was selected to the all-tournament squad, led the Miners with 16 points. Small was also an all-tourney choice. Loomis Grammar (1-2) — The Falcons played three competitive games and had the misfortune of playing their opening game against eventual champion Magnolia. The Falcons dropped their opener, 42-33, despite 16 points from Trey Udoffia and 15 by Dominic Pericin. Loomis then bounced back with a 48-30 win over Forest Lake Christian as Udoffia and Pericin led the way with 12 points each. Cody Willis with eight, Kyler Ostenberg with seven and Jack Petty with six led a balanced Falcons attack. In their consolation game, Loomis fell to Seven Hills, 44-38. Pericin’s 19 points and 10 from all-tournament pick Udoffia led Loomis. Newcastle Elementary (1-2) — The Knights opened the tournament with a 30-28 win over Weimar Hills as Clint Decker sank 14 points and Jonathan Newman and Riley Buffingtons each added six points. Newcastle also dropped a 46-40 contest to Chico Jr. in the third-place game. Buffington led the way with 14 points while Decker sank seven and Thomas added six. ~ Staff report