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Granite Bay's senioritis beats Rocklin; Grizzlies own SFL boys basketball title

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN — Granite Bay High School’s boys basketball team had one last little — OK, one last big thing to take care of Tuesday night before marching onward to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Rocklin had red, mean eyes going into their Sierra Foothill League finale. The Grizzlies won the first meeting at home by a mere 58-56, and the Thunder wanted, needed, a victory to share the crown. Granite Bay didn’t let it happen.

“This was a great tuneup,” coach Jason Sitterud said following the Grizzlies’ physical 73-60 victory in front of yet another packed, humid, loud SFL gym. “The playoffs started tonight for us.”

Granite Bay’s seniors took the lead, and their teammates followed to give the Grizzlies (19-8 overall, 8-2 SFL) the outright SFL championship.

It was Sherron Bradford’s turn Tuesday night. The quick senior guard scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Daniel Romero came off the bench to score 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jacob King scored seven of his 12 points in the third quarter and totaled five assists, and Anthony Pedersen scored seven of his 11 points in the first period and totaled six rebounds and four assists. Center Scott Romuk had six rebounds and two assists.

“I’m ecstatic for our seniors,” Sitterud said. “They worked so hard. They earned success. They deserve success.”

Trailing 11-7, the Grizzlies went on a 12-point run that carried into the second period. Their lead shrunk to four but ballooned to 36-23 at halftime, and they led by double digits for most of the second half.

And they did it in constant foul trouble. There were 49 fouls called in the game, including 26 on Granite Bay. The Grizzlies’ seventh foul put Rocklin (18-9, 6-4) in the bonus a minute and a half into the second quarter, and they committed five fouls a little more than two minutes into the third period.

Granite Bay committed seven of its 12 turnovers in the first half, six of which were charging calls. Yet, the Grizzlies double-teamed the Thunder into 17 turnovers, swarming, picking and poking, and getting away with it, forcing steals and turning them into fast-break layups. The Grizzlies turned three turnovers into seven points during that early 12-point run.

Granite Bay made 23 of 31 free throws. Rocklin was 22 for 29. Two Granite Bay players fouled out, and one player finished with four fouls. Three Thunder players had four fouls.

Playoff brackets will be released Wednesday. Granite Bay is in Division I, Rocklin in Division II.

Girls: Freshman Daeja Black scored 13 points for the Grizzlies (11-16, 2-8) in their 69-50 loss to the Thunder (19-8, 7-3) in their season finale. Senior Katrina Reeves and junior Jennifer Manduca scored 10 points each.

 

GRANITE BAY 73, ROCKLIN 60

 

Granite Bay   16   20   17   20 — 73

Rocklin           11   12   21   16 — 60

 

Granite Bay

Pedersen 3-7 3-4 11, Ciraulo 2-2 0-0 4, Romuk 1-8 1-2 3, Bradford  4-10 8-9 16, Naughton 2-4 3-4 8, Jackson 2-3 0-0 4, King 3-5 6-8 12, Romero 6-8 2-4 15. Totals 23-47 23-31 73.

Rocklin

Cherry 1-6 4-6 6, Cook 5-11 2-6 12, Ardissone 1-4 4-5 6, Faulkner 2-4 0-0 5, Moss 5-12 10-10 21, Gregg 0-0 0-0 0, Vandre 0-1 0-0 0, O’Rourke 2-4 0-0 5, Bridge 0-2 0-0 0, Safin 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 18-47 22-29 60.

 

Three-point goals — Granite Bay 4-8 (Pederson 2-2, Romero 1-2, Naughton 1-3, Bradford 0-1), Rocklin 3-13 (Faulkner 1-2, O’Rourke 1-2, Moss 1-4, Cook 0-3, Ardissone 0-1, Safin 0-1). Total fouls — Granite Bay 26, Rocklin 23. Fouled out — Jackson, Naughton. Rebounds — Granite Bay 23 (Pedersen, Romuk 6), Rocklin 22 (Cook 7). Assists — Granite Bay 12 (King 5), Rocklin 7 (Faulkner 3). Turnovers — Granite Bay 12, Rocklin 17.