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Del Oro comes back to beat Roseville

Golden Eagles overcome 11-point halftime deficit; Granite Bay beats NU in fourth period
By: Robbie Enos
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Just like the seasons and the circus, shooting streaks come and go.

It looked like Roseville High School’s boys basketball team had it in the first half against Del Oro on Thursday night, when the Tigers made seven three-pointers and went 8 for 9 from the free-throw line.

But the magic was gone in the second half, when Roseville sank one three ball and went 4 for 7 from the stripe.

The Golden Eagles came back from an 11-point halftime deficit to win 62-59 in a big Sierra Foothill League contest at Moeller Gym.

“We just had a mind-set that we were going to come out in the second half and be a lot more physical,” Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles said. “In the first half, we weren’t as physical as we wanted to be. We were letting them catch the ball where they wanted to catch it. Too many open looks.”

Del Oro point guard Danny Becker gave the Eagles (13-7 overall, 1-2 SFL) a six-point lead with 1:17 remaining in the final period on a layup and foul. Roseville’s Marcus Garcia answered with his own layup and free throw to make it a three-point game with 1:06 left, and it got even tighter when Roman Tyukayev’s clutch steal led to an easy Matt Tawlks layup to pull Roseville (16-4, 1-2) within one.

But the nail was driven home by Becker when he shoveled a sweet pass down low to Keenan Finney for a basket. Roseville missed its final three-point attempt in the closing seconds.

“They totally slowed us down,” Tigers coach Greg Granucci said. “We played our style in the first half and then played to their tendencies in the second half. We just didn’t play the way we are capable of playing.”

Becker was key for Del Oro, racking up 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Roseville’s offensive attack was based mostly on its guards. In fact, no post player scored a field goal for the Tigers. Garcia (16 points), Tawlks (15) and Daniel Rios (11) led the way for Roseville.

Both teams are 1-2 in league, and both coaches feel their teams need to improve moving forward.

“It’s just a matter of focus,” Broyles said. “We need to trust in the process and trust in what we’ve been building throughout the season. Do what we do well. We’re a pretty good half-court defensive team, and we’re pretty good running out (in) transition offense. We just need to focus on that and focus on being physical.”

Said Granucci, “We gotta understand that in order for us to play consistently, we’ve got to play the way we want to play. You’ve got to give Del Oro credit; they took us out of what we wanted to do.”

Granite Bay 64, Nevada Union 47 -- Trailing 45-44 after three periods, the Grizzlies (14-6, 3-0 SFL) outscored the host Miners (8-12, 1-2) 20-2 in the fourth quarter. Lucas Vojak, Nevada Union's 6-8 junior, scored 13 points in the first quarter but just three the rest of the way