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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Repo~er Wednesday, March 4, 2015 lC AND t 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 in the paint, blasting a trio of three-pointers and earning a double-double with 15 rebounds. le Ti am Greg Knight Sports Editor When the Portola Tigers boys' basketball team wins it always seems to do it in a stunning fashion• That is exactly what the Durham Trojans boys' squad found out last Wednesday night as the Tigers steamrolled to a 67-46 victory in the second half, overcoming a point-for-point showing in the opening 16 minutes of the first-round Division V playoff game. Despite the exultant win, the Tigers would ultimately make their exit from the tournament two days later on a loss to Hamilton ..... The win against Durham, however, which sent No. 7 • seed Portola up the pla off bracket to face Hamilton on the road, came in large part from the offensive powerhouse of 6-foot-3 junior forward Evan Leal. He scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half and catapulted the Tigers out of a 29-23 halftime deficit• The two squads were evenly 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 paints in the paint •or at the free-throwline. Portola head coach Tim Brubaker explained why his team was slow offthe 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. "I told them we needed to get back to See Portola, page 2C FROM THE SPORTS DESK GREG KNIGHT Sports Editor The slow season With the end of the basketball season at both the high school and college level in Pl mas 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 ..,AND MANY MORE ARRIVING SOON! VISIT US ONLINE: See Sports Desk, page 2C Bringin your completed tax return, we'll apply all or part of your return toward your car or truck. I I I I I I PPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 1303 MAIN ST. • SUSANVILLE bk