Granite Bay snaps two-game slide, still leads SFL

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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GRANITE BAY — Granite Bay High School’s boys basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid Thursday night with a 58-44 victory over visiting Nevada Union.

The Grizzlies jumped out to a 17-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

“We just took care of the ball and played defense,” Grizzlies coach Jason Sitterud said. “We stopped the turnovers. That was the biggest thing. We were excited to be back at home. We can’t keep falling back. We need to keep pushing ahead.”

Granite Bay maintained a one-game lead in the Sierra Foothill League with two games remaining. The Grizzlies (17-8 overall, 6-2 SFL) play host to Woodcreek on Friday night. Aidan Naughton nailed three three-pointers in the first half and led Granite Bay with 15 points.

“I don’t focus on myself,” he said. “I focus on trying to get everyone else involved and trying to be a part of the offense. If I get shots, I get shots. If I get drives, I get drives. I’m just trying to do whatever I can.”

Granite Bay’s first quarter was highlighted by an aggressive defense that produced seven steals, three by sophomore Kendrick Jackson. Naughton hit two three-pointers in the period, and post player Scott Romuk scored six points.

Nevada Union (8-17, 1-7) ran a slow offense that centered around 6-foot-8 big man Lucas Vojak. The junior scored the Miners’ only field goal in the first quarter and scored seven points in the third period, including a wide-open two-handed dunk. The Miners pulled within five in the third quarter.

“He is very good,” Sitterud said of Vojak, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. “He’s very big. He’s a tough matchup for us. He has good footwork and does a good job of setting up on the weak side.”

Romuk had 11 points and six rebounds.

“We just needed to get our swagger back,” Naughton said. “We need to have that mindset that we go into every game trying to blow teams out. We wanted to bring that back, and this game really helped that.”