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Roseville accomplishes plenty before playoff loss to El Camino

Tigers win 20 games, three tournaments, top SFL champ Granite Bay in return to postseason
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Seasons aren’t supposed to end this way — never. But come playoff time, the season always ends with a loss for everyone in the field except the champion — from the 49ers and Detroit Tigers down to Notre Dame and, arguably to the level where there’s more passion than at any other: high school.

So while Roseville High School’s locker room was somber following Friday night’s 91-83 loss to El Camino in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II outbracket game at Moeller Gym, there were many moments the Tigers’ seniors could bank and take with them to the memory vault, the same moments the underclassmen can take into the offseason and use as momentum for next fall.

Disappointment? Sure. Roseville took a 58-57 lead into the fourth quarter and outrebounded the Eagles 43-26, but a combination of turnovers and a barrage of three-pointers fueled an 18-2 run that allowed El Camino (16-10) to turn a 68-64 deficit into an 82-70 lead.

Beyond the disappointment, Tigers head coach Greg Granucci was able to list several accomplishments this season: Roseville reached 20 wins, finishing at 20-8. The Tigers won three tournaments leading up to Sierra Foothill League play, handed eventual-champion Granite Bay its first SFL loss, a 99-91 overtime thriller at packed Moeller Gym, qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and even partook in a game with rival Woodcreek that had to be moved from Woodcreek to Moeller Gym when a coat of powder left the floor slippery and unsafe in the second quarter.

“That’s what I addressed the boys about,” Granucci said. “Even though we’re disappointed, we had success here. We won 20 games. That’s something to be proud of. We hosted a (playoff) game. We did a lot of good things.”

That included Friday night. Daniel Rios, one of three three-year varsity seniors, went out with a bang, scoring a game-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 6 of 8 from three-point range. His sixth three-pointer pulled Roseville to 84-81 with 41 seconds left, but the Tigers could get no closer.

Roman Tyukayev, a 6-foot-6 senior center who didn’t play last season, had 20 points and 14 rebounds. He was 7 for 12 from the floor and 6 for 6 from the free-throw line.

Cole Jacobs, another three-year varsity player, scored nine of his 13 points in the final period, grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists, and three-year varsity player Marcus Garcia also had three assists.

“These guys have put in so much time, not just from November through February but year-round,” Granucci said, adding that he was proud of his veterans and reserves alike. Seniors Jacob Lucero and Ryan Song got some court time in the final minute.

“Our guys who don’t play work their butts off in practice,” Granucci said, also lauding assistant coaches Jaime Ayala and Gary Shonkwiler.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.

 

EL CAMINO 91, ROSEVILLE 83

 

El Camino (91)

Eddenfield 6-14 2-4 18, Gregory 4-6 3-7 11, Da’Jon Twist 4-8 3-4 12, De’Jon Twist 1-3 0-0 2, Hudson 1-4 4-4 6, Sweeney 7-17 0-0 15, Hale 5-10 1-1 11, Cartwright 4-10 2-3 14, Morgan 1-3 0-0 2, Copeland 0-1 0-0 0, Garry 0-0 0-0 0, Olsem 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-76 15-24 91.

Roseville (83)

Tawlks 2-5 6-6 11, Rios 10-13 0-0 26, Tyukayev 7-12 6-6 20, Garcia 1-9 0-0 2, Jacobs 4-7 4-7 13, Crouch 3-9 0-0 7, White 0-3 0-0 0, Bortmas 2-3 0-0 4, Lira 0-2 0-0 0, Lucero 0-0 0-0 0, Song 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 16-19 83.

 

El Camino    17   20   20   34 — 91

Roseville      22   14   22   25 — 83

 

Three-point goals — El Camino 10-26 (Eddenfield 4-10, Cartwright 4-10, Da’Jon Twist 1-1, Sweeney 1-3, Hale 0-1, Morgan 0-1), Roseville 9-23 (Rios 6-8, Tawlks 1-2, Jacobs 1-2, Crouch 1-4, Garcia 0-7). Total fouls — El Camino 19, Roseville 21. Rebounds — El Camino 26 (Sweeney 6),  Roseville 43 (Tyukayev 14). Assists — El Camino 20 (Da’Jon Twist 7), Roseville 12 (Tawlks, Garcia, Jacobs 3). Turnovers — El Camino 9, Roseville 25.