Roseville boys open with two basketball wins

Tigers girls, Valley Christian boys fall in Foundation Games
By: Staff reports
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Roseville opened the high school basketball season a little earlier than most teams, beating Grant 80-71 on Saturday night.

The Tigers built a 19-point lead in the first half and overcame a sluggish third quarter to put away the Pacers in the fourth.

“Not bad for our first game,” Roseville coach Greg Granucci said. “We have a lot of young guys on the team. They have to get used to the varsity pace.”

Sophomores Marcus Garcia and Cole Jacobs led the Tigers with 18 and 14 points, and Andy Schmidt scored all 12 of his points in the second half.

Roseville was just 18 for 33 from the free throw line.

“We have a lot of improvement to do, but it was a good first game and nice to get a win,” Granucci said.

The Tigers came back Monday night to beat Placer 71-67 in a Foundation Game in Auburn. Mark Reece scored 19 points for Roseville, and Nick Blaser and Garcia had nine each

The Roseville girls lost to Placer 45-33 in the opener of the doubleheader. Senior Kayla Granucci led the Tigers with 13 points.

In another Foundation Game, Valley Christian Academy lost to visiting Highlands 66-57. The Lions trailed by three with 21 seconds remaining when they missed a contested three-pointer.

Valley Christian also committed 27 turnovers against Highlands, which returns much of the team that won its league title last season.

“This early in the season, I understand there will be execution issues, but the effort adjustment by my players in the second half leaves me very optimistic for the season,” Lions coach Brad Gunter Jr. said. “This was a great early test.”

Jason Gish led Valley Christian with 16 points, Jeremy Tyller scored 10, and Jesse Peters had nine points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots.