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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 4, 2015 lC AND I', Portola's Evan Leal (No. 12) flies to the basket against Durham as fellow Tigers Saul Juarez (No. 10) and Chris Avalos (No. 11) stand by waiting for the rebound. Leal finished with 23 points in the Tigers' first-round playoff win. Photos by Greg Knight Leal is dominant across nearly every stat in the game, going six of nine trio of three-pointers and earning a double-double with 15 rebounds. in the paint; blasting a Greg Knight the Tigers would ultimately Sports Editor make their exit from the sports@plumasnews.com tournament two days later on a loss to Hamilton. When the Portola Tigers The win against Durham, boys' basketball team wins it however, which sent No. 7 always seems to do it in a seed Portola up the playoff stunning fashion. That is bracket to face Hamilton on exactly what the Durham the road, came in large part Trojans boys' squad found out from the offensive last Wednesday night as the powerhouse of 6-foot-3 junior Tigers steamrolled to a 67-46 forward Evan Leal. He scored victory in the second half, 14 of his 23 points in the overcoming a point-for-point second half and catapulted the showing in the opening 16 Tigers out of a 29-23 halftime minutes of the first-round deficit. Division V playoff game. The two squads were evenly Despite the exultant win, deadlocked in a point-for-point struggle in the first half, with Leal, Kodi Lowdermilk, Juan Rodriguez and Chris Avalos all held to fewer than 10 points in the paint or at the free-throw line. Portola head coach Tim Brubaker explained why his team was slow off the starting line against Durham. "We really let Durham dictate to us, in the first half, how we were playing and, honestly, we can't play that way," Brubaker said. "! told them we needed to get back to See Portola, page 2C !: FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com The slow season With the end of the basketball season at both the high school and college level in Plumas County, we can all welcome what Jeff Ament, the bassist of legendary rock band Pearl Jam, calls the "slow season," otherwise known as the 2015 baseball season. One of the reasons I love baseball is precisely because of how slow it is. Long, drawn-out tactical battles and short bursts of huge action are hallmarks that make it enjoyable for me. I also like eating hot dogs slathered with mustard, which I can usually get from the concession stands. That said, I have to admit it has been too long since I have covered a game on the diamond -- the last time I did, however, I was able to watch one of the high schools I wrote about win a California sectional championship and successfully ship some of its players off to colleges around the nation. I hope the same thing happens in Plumas County this season; nothing would bring me more joy than to be witness to a dogpile (or three) on the mound as Portola and Quincy battle for the Mid-Valley League title, Chester for the Five-Star League pennant and Greenville for the Evergreen League championship. It could get interesting, especially in the MVL, where the Tigers will be looking to make it back to the playoffs and, I am betting, get a chance to best their rivals, the Trojans. It'll be fun to watch since Quincy ended Portola's Bring in your,completed tax return- we'll apply all or part of your return toward your car or truck. I I I .AND MANY MORE ARRIVING SOON! VISIT US ONLINE: OPEN 7 DAYSA WEEK 1303 MAIN ST. SUSANVILLE r . *PRICES PLUS TAX, LICENSE, SMOG AND DOC. FEES PRICES GOOD UNTIL 3/9/15 See Sports Desk, page 2C I " [ "[ 1 ! l