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Big third quarter lifts Roseville over Oakmont

Coming off second tournament title in a row, Tigers improve to 7-0
By: Robbie Enos
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Crosstown rivals Oakmont and Roseville high schools met for the only time in this boys basketball season, and the red-hot Tigers proved to be the superior squad Tuesday night.

It was a tale of two halves, as Roseville won 95-85 after trailing 50-36 at halftime. The Tigers outscored Oakmont 33-13 in the third quarter thanks to 19 points from Daniel Rios. Roseville had six steals in the quarter and dominated the transition game.

“The biggest difference for us (between the first and second half) was them,” Oakmont head coach Rick Campbell said. “They killed us in transition. I mean, they were getting out and running and getting layups. This is a pretty good Roseville team; they’ve got a good mix.”

The Tigers were coming off a championship at the Stonebarger Tournament in Brentwood, their second title this season, and improved to 7-0. Rios scored a game-high 24 points and Roman Tgukayev posted a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“Their work ethic has been great,” Roseville head coach Greg Granucci said. “The chemistry is really good, and they get along really well. I think they’re buying into what we’re trying to teach them.”

Oakmont’s offense worked inside-out in the first half and drained seven three-pointers, four off the right hand of Kyle Yomogida. Guards Dominic Marrero and Shayne Baynes combined for seven assists by driving to the hoop, converging defenders and finding open shooters.

“In the first half, we shot the ball pretty well,” Campbell said. “You try to tell your guys that when you’re making perimeter jump shots, at some point it’s going to even out.”

The Vikings hit two three-pointers in the second half. The Tigers grabbed 18 rebounds in the second half and displayed a dramatic improvement on defense.

“We weren’t playing defense in the first half,” Granucci said. “You have to give Oakmont a lot of credit; they were shooting the snot out of it. We knew what we wanted to do to stop them; we just didn’t execute it. We got on them a little bit at halftime and told them what they needed to do. We played our style, and they did a better job.”

Dominic Marrero led Oakmont with 21 points. Justin Holmes scored 20 points and Baynes 16. Marcus Garcia scored 14 points for Roseville.