Roseville makes a break for it against Nevada Union
A packed crowd was treated to a show Friday night, as host Roseville High School broke its two-game losing streak in yet another contentious Sierra Foothill League matchup.
The Tigers bounced back from close consecutive losses to Del Oro and Rocklin with a 62-54 defensive win over Nevada Union at Moeller Gym.
“We struggled offensively in the last two games, so it was good to actually develop a flow in this one,” said senior captain Cole Jacobs, who contributed 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Steals paved the way for the Tigers’ style, which Jacobs said includes getting out on the fast break.
“It definitely helps us get into the type of flow we want,” he said. “They didn’t really have many ball handlers, so it was easy for us to do that.”
Nevada Union’s ball handling was abysmal. The Miners (8-14 overall, 1-4 SFL) committed 23 turnovers, seven in the final quarter.
A back-and-forth style favored Roseville (17-5, 2-3), despite trailing 29-28 at the break. The Tigers opened a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to guard play. Jacobs, Matt Tawlks and Marcus Garcia were critical in the transition game, capitalizing on turnovers.
Scoring was spread out between eight players for Roseville. Garcia led the Tigers with 11 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Forward Roman Tyukayev had nine points. Tawlks had eight points and a game-high four steals.
“We were trying to be aggressive, changing up some things on defense, and that helped a lot,” Tawlks said. “We just stuck to it and were smart with the ball. In other games, we’ve been too quick to shoot and (Friday night) we really took care of that.”
The second half of SFL play begins Wednesday with Roseville playing host to Granite Bay.
Nevada Union 70, Roseville 22 — The Tigers (3-18, 0-5) fell behind 17-3 after one quarter against the Miners (16-4, 4-1) and went on to lose their eighth game in a row.
Junior captain Lindsay Anderson led Roseville with 14 points. She scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including consecutive three-pointers. Senior Marrisa Dumford blocked three shots.
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