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Tigers win two close ones but lose in Titan tourney final

By: Staff reports
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Roseville High School used back-to-back one-point victories to move into the championship round of the Titan Holiday Hoop Classic, where the Tigers lost to host Antelope 71-36 on Saturday night.

The Tigers (3-6) used strong defense and rebounding and 17 points from Andrew Schmidt to edge Highlands 49-48 in overtime in the first round and then overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to nip Placer 54-53 on Friday night in the semifinals when Schmidt made two free throws with three-tenths of a second remaining.

“We gutted it out and found a way to win,” Tigers coach Greg Granucci said.
Schmidt again led Roseville with 16 points. Cole Jacobs scored 11 and Latrelle Swayne 10.

In other games:

Granite Bay (4-3) beat host Monterey Trail 67-50 for third place in the fifth annual Mark Macres Tournament after losing to Burbank 62-50 in the semifinals.

Woodcreek (2-6) defeated Vista del Lago 57-49 in the losers’ bracket of the 25th annual Folsom-Vista Varsity Invitational and then lost to Folsom 67-47 in the consolation final.

Oakmont (2-5) lost to Del Oro 78-41 in the semifinals of the Del Oro Invitational, then lost to Whitney 54-38 for third place.

Girls

Oakmont Roseville Rotary Tournament — Oakmont fell to Elk Grove-Franklin 53-47 in the third-place game of the 38th annual Oakmont Roseville Rotary Tournament one night after losing to eventual-champion Hamilton 45-32.

Oakmont trailed Franklin 44-25 after three quarters, then staged a comeback in the fourth. All-tournament selection Bianca Aibuedefe, Brittany Martin and Olivia Francis led the comeback, and Ashley Rominger scored seven of her game-high 14 points in the fourth.

Oakmont’s Emilee Gavia averaged 12 points per game and was named to the all-tournament team.

Hamilton defeated Bear River 47-41 for the championship.

Also, Roseville blew out Mesa Verde 44-16 for seventh place behind Lollie Fitzpatrick (12 points, 10 rebounds), Amanda Susbilla (10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists) and Kendall Harrison (13 points).

Rosemont 53, Oakmont 47 — Ashley Rominger had 12 points and seven rebounds, but the Vikings (1-3) committed 29 turnovers, were outrebounded on the offensive end 24-10 and had three players in foul trouble.

Brittany Martin scored nine points, Emilee Gavia had eight points and five rebounds, and Olivia Francis scored eight points for Oakmont.