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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

Roseville pushes Rocklin to OT but falls 95-83

Granite Bay escapes Thunder
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Rocklin varsity boys basketball team prevailed in a thrilling overtime game with Sierra Foothill League rival Roseville, 95-83 last week.

Rocklin’s Devin Moss showcased his offensive prowess, scoring 32 to help lead the Thunder back from a nine-point deficit early in the fourth period. On a night where the sound of the referee’s whistle became common place, Rocklin capitalized in the final period, shooting 13-for-18 at the line.

With a little less than four minutes to play, Danny Walker’s put-back layup tied the game. A few minutes later, Moss drained a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a late lead.

Despite Moss’ ensuing 4-4 performance at the line to cushion the lead, Roseville continued their hot streak of shots beyond the perimeter.

Roseville’s Daniel Rios shot back-to-back three’s, including a dramatic buzzer-beater that tied the game with one second on the clock. After holding Roseville to a 1-8 performance beyond the arc in the first half, the Tigers went 8-13 in the second.

In a post-game interview, Moss spoke about Rocklin’s strategy heading into the overtime period.

“It was just to be aggressive,” said Moss, referring to the Thunder’s strategy. “I didn’t think I played well going into the final periods. But I know my role on this team is to score; I guess it worked out.”

The only time it didn’t work out in overtime was Moss’ two-missed free throws on a 9-11 performance at the line. The senior added an additional four points on two field goals to finish the four-minute period with 13.

Spencer Gregg kicked off the overtime period with a pair of layups and Taylor Cherry added one of his own to cap Rocklin’s 5-5 performance from the floor to end the game. Four Thunder players scored in double digits, Moss (32), Gregg (13), Hayden Cook (12), and Cole Bridge (11).

Ten Thunder players helped score a season-high 95, which ties them for the highest point total in a single game for SFL teams. Roseville scored 95 in an early-season victory against Oakmont.

The victory came five days after a two-point loss to Woodcreek. Rocklin head coach Casey Cutts spoke frankly as to the importance of defeating Roseville.

“We tell our kids, great teams don’t lose two straight,” said Cutts. “It’s a mark of a great team that after a tough loss you can find a way to get it done.”

GRANITE BAY 58, ROCKLIN 56

Rocklin’s Drew Ardisonne said it would be important for the Thunder to win on the road against the Grizzlies and the boys in blue nearly pulled it off.

Granite Bay hit two critical free-throws with 10 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

Cook had a double-double in the game with 17 points and 14 boards. Moss led the Thunder with 18.

The loss left Rocklin at 3-2 and in second place behind Granite Bay in the first round of the Sierra Foothill League standings. The Grizzlies are undefeated in league play.

Rocklin opened the second round of play hosting Del Oro Wednesday; they welcome Nevada Union Friday. Both games are at 7 p.m.

ROCKLIN 95, ROSEVILLE 83, OT

Tigers             15        19        21        21        7 – 83

Thunder         25        8          18        25        19 – 95

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Roseville 25-62, 24-30, 83, 3Pt 9-23. Rocklin 28-62, 36-47, 95, 3Pt 3-17.

Turnovers RV 17, RK 13.

 

TEAM LEADERS

Rocklin – Moss 6-11, 19-23, 32, 3Pt 1-2, Gregg 5-7, 3-6, 13, Cook 6-7, 0-0, 12, Bridge 4-9, 2-3, 11, 3Pt 1-5.

Assists – Moss 3, Faulkner 3, Ardissone 2.

 

HOME GAMES

Feb. 1 – Nevada Union 7 pm

Feb. 12 – Granite Bay 7 pm