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Roseville tops Rocklin, now 2-0 in SFL

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN - Roseville High School's boys basketball team, outrebounded in the first half, controlled the boards in the second half. The Tigers, who missed eight free-throw attempts in the first three quarters, made their first nine in the fourth period to take control late and defeat host Rocklin 71-63 in a Sierra Foothill League game Tuesday night.

Senior center Andrew Schmidt scored a game-high 22 points for the Tigers (11-8, 2-0 SFL), who have won 10 of 13 and four in a row. He was 7 for 13 from the floor, and his five free throws in the fourth period helped Roseville turn a 59-58 deficit into a 71-63 lead with 55.3 seconds remaining.

Junior Cole Jacobs had 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Roseville. His layup on a sweet give by senior Latrelle Swayne gave the Tigers a 70-63 lead with 1:09 left. Swayne and junior Marcus Garcia scored 10 points apiece, and each made two free throws in the fourth quarter.

"We played as a team," said Jacobs, who grabbed a rebound and went coast to coast for a layup and a 64-61 lead. "That started on the defensive end."

"The key thing in the fourth quarter is I don't think we gave up any second shots. That was really big. And we rebounded better in the second half," Roseville coach Greg Granucci said. "We talk a lot about all five guys rebounding, especially the defensive end. Even our smalls. Our smalls have to rebound. The luxury of Cole getting the rebound - and we have other guys like this, too - is that he can get it and push the ball up the floor himself. He just attacked the glass, and so did Latrelle and Brandon (Butler) and Marcus and everyone."

Rocklin junior Taylor Cherry scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the first and third quarters, and the Thunder (3-15, 0-2) took a 55-54 lead into the final quarter. Cherry also took an inbounds pass with three-tenths of a second left in the first half and heaved a shot from the backcourt free-throw line that swished at the buzzer. If it were caught on film, it's sure to be on YouTube by now. But after initially ruling the basket good, officials met and waved off the shot.

Junior Anthony Vandre scored his 11 points in the middle two periods, including two three-pointers and a three-point play, and 6-6 junior Hayden Cook had 10 points and a team-best eight rebounds for the Thunder. Rocklin hit six three-pointers in the first three quarters and was 9 for 12 from the field in the third period.

"Rocklin played really well. They got on us early. We gotta give them a lot of credit," Granucci said. "We fought and hung in. We played some close games against some good teams in our nonleague, and I thought that helped us not to panic. We just probably made more plays in the fourth quarter."

JV - Trent Peterson scored eight of his 19 points in the first quarter to help Rocklin defeat Roseville 69-59. Chet Dahl scored nine of his 13 points in the third quarter, and Tyler Chimarusti scored 12 points for the Thunder, which used a 27-16 third quarter to pull away from a 27-27 halftime tie.

Roseville's Matt Tawlks scored a game-high 22 points, including six in the first quarter and two three-pointers in the second period. His last eight points came at the free-throw line.

ROSEVILLE 71, ROCKLIN 63

Roseville (71)
Butler 0-0 4-5 4, Garcia 2-7 5-8 10, Schmidt 7-13 8-12 22, Swayne 3-9 3-6 10, Jacobs 8-15 0-0 16, Mori 3-9 0-0 6, Rios 1-3 0-0 3, Cunha 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 20-31 71.

Rocklin (63)
Ardissone 2-5 0-0 4, Valverde 2-4 0-0 5, Gregg 1-3 0-0 2, Cherry 7-12 1-1 15, Moss 3-10 0-0 6, Cook 3- 2-2 10, Versoza 0-2 0-0 0, Safin 0-4 1-2 1, Kniffin 2-2 0-0 4, Vandre 4-11 1-1 11, Williams 2-3 0-0 5, Kailany 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 5-6 63.

Roseville   18   14   22   17--71
Rocklin     17   17   21     8--63


Three-point goals--Roseville 3-13 (Garcia 1-4, Swayne 1-4, Rios 1-2, Mori 0-2, Jacobs 0-1), Rocklin 6-21 (Vandre 2-7, Cook 2-3, Valverde 1-2, Williams 1-1, Cherry 0-2, Moss 0-2, Versoza 0-2, Ardissone 0-1, Safin 0-1). Total fouls--Roseville 14, Rocklin 22. Rebounds--Roseville 35 (Jacobs 10), Rocklin 33 (Cook 8). Assists--Roseville 7 (Butler, Schmidt, Jacobs 2), Rocklin 6 (Cherry 3). Turnovers--Roseville 14, Rocklin 15.