High school boys basketball

Rocklin depth overwhelms Roseville

Thunder win at Roseville 83-43
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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With five players from its regular rotation sitting out the first half of the game for disciplinary reasons, the Rocklin High School boys basketball team put its incredible depth on display in an 83-43 win over Roseville Tuesday night. “I think this is our deepest team,” Rocklin coach Steve Taylor said. “Last year our best players were juniors, but this year our best players are seniors and we have a lot of talent around them.” The Thunder visited Roseville’s Moeller Gym with five of those seniors - starters Brendan Lane and Pat Stover and regular contributors Mads Frandsen, Joel Day and Zack Moss - unavailable until intermission after a school prank resulted in disciplinary action. The Tigers were unable to capitalize while Rocklin was shorthanded as the available players played tough defense and shot the ball well in building a 21-point first half advantage. “This was our chance to see how we would do without a few of our big guys,” Rocklin coach Steve Taylor said. “We did real well.” While Roseville was fairly competitive in the first period, the Thunder answered Tiger baskets with 3-pointers and managed to build a 19-10 lead after eight minutes. Junior guards Jackson Cummings and Tony Williams each drained a pair of treys in the opening stanza. Taylor received major contributions from his modified starting five as Cummings scored all eight of his points in the first half and Williams scored 11 of his 13 before the break, while junior guard Cody Kale scored nine of his 11 before halftime. Kale also grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest. Junior guard Justin Soria did all of his scoring before intermission (eight points), as did senior guard Anthony Romero (five points, six boards). Even with the game all but iced away at 43-22, the Rocklin regulars returned to the floor after sitting out the first half, and senior center Brendan Lane quickly made up for lost time. Lane scored 14 points in the third period and 10 more in the first four minutes of the fourth before taking a seat for the night with 24 points and five rebounds in just 12 minutes. Roseville center Kevin Crabb was aggressive in the paint, but the Thunder made life difficult for him. The senior tallied 15 points, snagged five boards and blocked five shots. Sophomore guard Nick Blaser found a hot patch midway through the third and nailed a pair of 3-pointers to reach 10 points for the game, but overall the Tigers just did not have enough firepower to hang with Rocklin. Roseville (0-3 in the SFL, 9-8 overall) visits Del Oro (1-1, 10-4) Thursday night before facing Bear River Friday at the Common Good Classic at Del Oro. The Thunder (3-0, 16-2) host Nevada Union (1-1, 11-5) Thursday and then faces off with Mission of San Francisco in Saturday night’s Common Good Classic finale. Roseville’s JV team narrowed a 20-point game down to an eight-point margin during the final stanza but got no closer as Rocklin won the JV contest 80-66.