Energetic Roseville wins final nonleague tuneup

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Marcus Garcia, Daniel Rios and Cole Jacobs, juniors all, overwhelmed West Campus on Friday night with an aggressiveness and anticipation that resulted in steals and transition baskets that propelled Roseville High School to an 80-65 victory in its nonleague finale at Moeller Gym.

Garcia scored 21 of his 23 points in the middle two quarters, when the Tigers (9-8) scored 50 points. He had two three-point plays and made two three-pointers. A three-pointer by Rios, who totaled 10 points, gave Roseville a 71-44 lead over the Warriors (5-11) near the end of the third quarter. Jacobs scored seven of his 10 points in the second period on a scoop shot, a three-pointer from the top of the key and a bucket off a steal.

“Daniel gave us a good lift off the bench because he plays hard. He’s an energy guy,” Roseville coach Greg Granucci said. “And Marcus for sure is an energy guy. From those two guys, that kind of energy is very contagious.”

The Tigers made several big plays. Junior Matsu Mori had a steal and reverse layup late in the first quarter, and Garcia’s first bucket came when he stole an inbounds pass and dribbled in for a layup to give Roseville a 21-13 lead.

Steals by Latrelle Swayne, Brandon Butler and Zac Cunha resulted in baskets.
Butler’s lob pass to Swayne led to a hoop, and a trailing Garcia tipped in a missed layup attempt.

Swayne scored 11 of his 12 points in the middle two quarters, and Roseville shot 53 percent from the field for the game.

Andrew Schmidt grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, and Butler had nine points and seven rebounds. Garcia made one basket while falling down, and he shot 8 for 12 from the field.

“Marcus did a great job,” Granucci said. “He was active around the glass. He was stepping into passing lanes, and he created a lot of offense for us.”

Valley Christian 86, Wilton Christian 42 — Jason Gish scored 25 of his 31 points in the first half as the visiting Lions rolled to a 60-16 halftime lead over the Patriots (3-7, 1-1 SMAL) in their Sacramento Metro Athletic League opener.

Valley Christian (7-6, 1-0 SMAL) scored the last 14 points in the first quarter, and Gish hit five of his six three-pointers in the second period. The Lions totaled 12 three-pointers.

Josh Bowden scored 13 points and Josh Flanagan 11 for Valley Christian. Wright Hagerty and Daniel Lazaresku scored eight each.


Granite Bay sixth in tourney — Adam Wagner won the 160-pound division and Granite Bay finished sixth at the NorCal Championships last weekend in Anderson.

Wagner, ranked ninth in the state at 160, according to, defeated Dallas Poston of Palo Cedro-Foothill in the quarterfinals before beating Curtis Bright of Reno-Bishop Manogue 8-4 in the title match.

Wagner was one of four medalists for Granite Bay. Junior Kevin Blank had five pins in placing third at 220 pounds. His only loss was to top-ranked Austin Lobsinger of Cottonwood-West Valley.

Junior Sean Brown (120) and senior Ian Mook (138) each placed fifth.