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SFL game starts at Woodcreek, ends at Roseville

Powder leaves court unplayable; back home, Tigers take off
By: Robbie Enos
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ROSEVILLE — Over the course of four hours at two basketball courts, Roseville High School defeated Woodcreek 87-71 in a Sierra Foothill League game Friday night at Woodcreek — and then Roseville.

While the action on the court was exciting, the action in the stands was interesting. The game tipped off at Woodcreek, where fans were denied entrance into a packed gym. Woodcreek’s famous Black Mob took up more than 75 percent of the stands.

In a pregame frenzy, baby powder was tossed into the air LeBron James style. It landed on the court, rendering the surface slippery and unplayable. It took 40 minutes of sweeping before the game began.

Still, there were several slipping instances, and with 6:08 left in the second quarter and Roseville (19-5 overall, 4-3 SFL) leading 21-14, a Roseville player slipped in a corner while dribbling.

Woodcreek Assistant Principal Mark O’Hair, school officials, the referees and coaches Paul Hayes of Woodcreek and Greg Granucci of Roseville entered a discussion of options. They also phoned CIF headquarters.

O’Hair said postponing the game was an option, but both coaches wanted to play Friday night. The game was moved to Moeller Gym at Roseville and resumed just before 9 p.m. Woodcreek (12-12, 3-4), as the home team, received a technical for an improper court.

“I think it was awkward for both sides,” Granucci said. “It was really strange. I was anxious to see how both squads would come out. I think we felt comfortable coming back here.”

Said Hayes, “I don’t think it affected us any more than it affected them. We both came over here and competed. Roseville just competed a little harder. It might have helped them a little bit in terms of home-court advantage.”

Once play resumed, Roseville took off. Guard Matt Tawlks and center Roman Tyukayev formed an efficient pick-and-roll team, resulting in seven assists for Tawlks and 19 points for Tyukayev. Aggressive guard Cole Jacobs scored 25 points, including 9 for 13 from the free-throw line.

“Cole just always impressed me,” Hayes said. “He leads, and he is strong. The body control he has when he gets inside is impressive. The center (Tyukayev) is just relentless.”

Woodcreek’s Tyler Milani scored a game-high 29 points, and Nick Howe posted 26. The Timberwolves trailed by seven at the half, but Tyukayev emerged with six points in the third quarter and Jacobs finished the job with 13 in the fourth.

Del Oro’s 72-56 victory over Granite Bay on Friday tightened the SFL standings. The Grizzlies are 5-2. Roseville, Del Oro and Rocklin, an 80-61 winner over Nevada Union, are 4-3.

“Our effort is good,” Granucci said. “Our focus is good, and I think we’re playing the way we like to play. We’re creating scoring opportunities for ourselves in transition and in half court.”