Roseville JV hooks up a title in Tiger Classic

Modeste makes winner with two seconds left in OT; Tigers’ win streak reaches 11
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School’s JV boys basketball team shut out Chico-Pleasant Valley for all three minutes of overtime in the championship game of its Tiger Classic tournament last weekend.

The Tigers were blanked themselves for two minutes and 58 seconds of the extra session. But with two seconds remaining, Max Modeste made a jump-hook shot that gave Roseville a 58-56 victory and the tournament title at Moeller Gym.

Pleasant Valley missed a shot with 15 seconds to go, and the Tigers pushed the ball up the court. Roseville had a difficult time getting the ball into the post throughout the game, according to head coach Bobby Ritter, but the Tigers (13-3) got it inside to Modeste, whose buzzer beater gave them their 11th win in a row.

Ritter said the team experienced somewhat of an identity crisis after sophomore Bryce Crouch was promoted to the varsity squad. The Tigers managed to win a couple of games, and there has been no stopping them since.

“Everyone has found their role and really stepped up. The confidence started building in the kids,” Ritter said. “It’s really exciting. They expect to win, and that’s a real plus for us.”

Tournament MVP Hunter White scored 15 points in a 67-47 victory over Yuba City in the semifinals and totaled 35 in three games.

Modeste and Nick Espino were named to the all-tournament team. Espino scored 20 points to lead the Tigers over Valley Christian Academy 87-31 in the first round. He scored 11 against Pleasant Valley and totaled 39 points in the tournament. Modeste scored 15 points against Yuba City, 12 against Pleasant Valley and totaled 32.

Point guard D.J. Ryan also has come up big, and Ritter said Amran Bisla “usually is the best athlete on the floor.”

“It’s been somebody different every night,” Ritter said. “We don’t know where the points are going to come from because everybody is capable.”

Oakmont bounced back from a first-round loss to Ponderosa to beat Nevada Union and Linden and win the consolation award.

Valley Christian was 0-3. B.J. Marshall made the all-tournament team.