Roseville talks the Tawlks, beats Granite Bay
ROSEVILLE — It took a hard-fought battle through overtime, but a Sierra Foothill League team finally took down Granite Bay on Wednesday night.
Roseville defeated the Grizzlies 99-91 in front of an energetic crowd at Moeller Gym, thanks to six points from Matt Tawlks in OT. Each of his three field goals was a hard-earned layup and a telling representation of his 25 points.
“We just needed to play with confidence,” Tawlks said. “That’s what we did.”
Roman Tyukayev, Marcus Garcia and Daniel Rios all contributed field goals in the dominant overtime period for the Tigers (18-5 overall, 3-3 SFL). It was a nice comeback after Roseville surrendered an 11-point halftime lead to the charging Grizzlies (16-7, 5-1).
With 2:05 left in regulation, Jacob King fed Daniel Romero on a drive-and-kick for three points. It gave Granite Bay an 84-82 lead, their first of the night. Tawlks answered with a pretty feed to Tyukayev to tie the score.
In their final possession of regulation, Tawlks ran down the clock and then charged to the basket with a clear path. His left-handed attempt fell short, and he said after the game that motivated him to have the excellent OT period.
“I was still a little bit angry about missing the game-winning shot,” Tawlks said. “I just wanted to give my teammates and my team the best opportunity to win.”
Said Roseville coach Greg Granucci, “(Tawlks) played really well. Down the stretch in regulation, we got too selfish, and we were playing one on five. During the break before overtime, we talked about sharing the ball, and we did that. When we’re in the flow, that’s what opens things up offensively, and that’s what opened up the floor for Matt.”
Roseville jumped to an 8-0 lead and nailed seven three-pointers in the first half. Point guard Cole Jacobs complemented Tawlks’ game with a masterpiece of versatility: 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
“They wanted to win,” Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud said of Roseville. “They had a great environment and shot the ball well. Cole Jacobs did a great job. He just willed that team to win.”
Granite Bay did its best with a mix of performances. Aiden Naughton hit five three-pointers en route to a 25-point game. Scott Romuk was aggressive on the boards, leading to a 23-point, nine-rebound performance.
“We just need to get back to work (Thursday),” Sitterud said. “We’ll have to go back and watch film.”
Combined with Woodcreek’s 58-50 win at Nevada Union and Del Oro’s 68-61 victory over Rocklin, Granite Bay maintained its two-game lead in the SFL while four teams moved to 3-3.
“For the first time all year, we played hard for 32 minutes,” Granucci said. “You gotta give them credit, too. They came after us and didn’t put their head down.”