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Shorthanded Lancers run out of steam at Lindhurst

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POSTED February 23, 2012 12:14 a.m.

East Union was able to play Lancer ball through the game’s first three quarters, but depth, or lack thereof, proved to be too steep a challenge in East Union’s 64-47 playoff loss at Lindhurst Wednesday.

The Lancers held their own with the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III No. 4 seed, but a dominant fourth quarter from the Braves (22-6) proved to be the difference.

“They really picked up their pressure on (Justin) Nieto like no other, and he was really forced to work hard,” East Union head coach Brent Lewis said. “We got into foul trouble a little bit and that hurt us; it put even more pressure on Nieto.

“All of that kind of wore him down in that fourth quarter and we just fell apart.”

The Lancers clung to a two-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, but got outscored 22-7 in the final period to end their season.’

Justin Nieto and Brandon Cline led the Lancers with 11 points, while Alex Del Real chipped in with 10.

“Going into that fourth quarter I liked our chances,” Lewis said. “I felt like we were battle tested, we don’t give up, but we simply just ran out of gas.

“The lack of depth caught up to us a little bit tonight.”

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