Last-second free throws lift Roseville over Placer

Hillmen fall in semifinal, face Bear River for third place at Antelope tourney
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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ANTELOPE — Andrew Schmidt made sure Roseville High’s comeback wasn’t wasted Friday night at the Antelope Classic basketball tournament. The senior nailed two free throws with 0.3 seconds left and the Tigers slipped past Placer 54-53 in the tournament semifinals. Roseville (3-5) advanced to Saturday’s final, where it will face tourney host Antelope, which drilled Bear River 62-37 on Friday. Placer (4-2) will face the rival Bruins in the third place game. Schmidt led Roseville with 17 points. Cole Jacobs added 11 points and Latrelle Swayne scored eight of his 10 points in the second half. Senior Cody Riggs scored 17 points to lead the Hillmen, who appeared to be in control of the game until late in the third quarter. Placer led by as many as 10 in the first half and held a 25-18 advantage at the half. But turnovers caught up with Placer. The Hillmen gave the ball up 21 times, including a couple of late miscues that proved costly. Jacobs hit a 3-pointer with just over one minute left to give Roseville a 52-51 lead. Placer junior Terrell Ayala answered with a nifty drive to the basket to give the Hillmen the lead with 28 seconds left. Jacobs then missed a free throw and Placer had a chance to put the game away, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Roseville rebounded and Schmidt corralled a rebound at the other end and was fouled. Junior Isaiah Pineiro was strong in the paint for Placer, finishing with nine points and 11 rebounds. Alec Knox added nine points and Peter Kean chipped in with seven.