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Roseville falls to NU by 17 in second-half opener

By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Roseville High School started the second half of Sierra Foothill League play on the wrong foot Friday night.

The Tigers lost at home to Nevada Union 65-48. Nevada Union was the only team Roseville defeated in the first half. The loss dropped the Tigers (9-14, 1-5 SFL) into last place in the SFL. The Miners improved to 9-11 overall and 2-4 in the SFL.

“They surprised us a little with that zone they were in, and they controlled the pace,” Roseville coach Greg Granucci said. “We tried to get up and down, and we weren’t making shots. We had some good looks at the basket, but we just weren’t hitting them.”

Roseville’s starting lineup made just 11 field goals in 44 attempts.

Since beating Nevada Union 67-54 in their league opener Jan. 13, the Tigers are on a five-game skid.

“There were a lot of times where we didn’t have five guys at the same time playing as hard as they can,” Granucci said. “In spurts we did but not over the course of the game.”

Both teams misfired early. Nevada Union took a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and used a 6-0 run to forge ahead 22-13 with 2:50 left in the first half. That was all the space the Miners needed.

Nevada Union staved off an attack by Roseville, which scored eight points late in the half and trailed 28-21 at the break. The Tigers were outscored 37-27 in the second half.

“When you’re young, you can’t really come back,” said senior Trey Rosenberg, who led Roseville with 15 points and nine rebounds. “We’ve missed some players and some games, and that’s made a difference on the road. The main difference is just effort.”

Senior Nick Blaser made two of Roseville’s four three-pointers and scored 10 points.

The Tigers have a tough road ahead in the remaining four league games.
“We have to win three of our last four to be in playoffs,” Rosenberg said. “That’s going to be tough to turn it around. We have talent as a team. We just have to come out and we have to work hard in practice.”

Nevada Union 65, Roseville 48
Nevada Union (65)

Porter 2 0-0 4, Lee 5 7-8 19, Talbot 1 2-4 4, Davis 1 0-0 2, Wilcox 3 6-7 12, Ward 6 1-3 13, Gandell 2 3-4 7, Lyckberg 0 1-2 2, Cortez 1 0-0 3. Totals 21 20-28 65.
Roseville (48)
Garcia 3 0-3 6, Jacobs 0 3-7 3, Schmidt 0 3-4 3, Rosenberg 6 2-4 15, Blaser 3 2-2 10, Swayne 1 0-0 2, Reece 0 1-2 1, Rios 1 1-2 3, Mori 1 1-2 4, Berry 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 15-28 48.

Nevada Union   12   16   15   22 – 65
Roseville          10   11   11   16 – 48


Three-point goals – Nevada Union 3 (Lee 2, Cortez 1), Roseville 4 (Blaser 2, Rosenberg 1, Mori 1). Rebounds – Nevada Union 33 (Wilcox 10), Roseville 32 (Rosenberg 9).