Woodcreek will play for third in Arnett Tournament
AUBURN — Woodcreek’s boys basketball team took a see-saw ride with Del Campo in the semifinals of the 71st Kendall Arnett Tournament on Friday night at Placer High School.
Up and down the Timberwolves went, coming back from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter to pull within 10 at halftime, falling behind by 15 early in the third period and using a late run to narrow the gap to five heading into the fourth.
The ride ended there. Del Campo owned the inside and the boards and used eight points by Mo Britten to forge a 67-57 victory and earn a spot in Saturday’s championship against the Placer-El Camino winner. Woodcreek (7-8) will play that loser for third place at 6:30 p.m.
The young Timberwolves have made strides this season and have two more opportunities to polish their game before Sierra Foothill League play starts Jan. 10. For starters, coach Paul Hayes liked his team’s resiliency.
“A couple of times, it looked like it was going south, and we hung in there,” he said. “It would be easy to hang your head, and they didn’t. I like our growth in that area.”
Sophomore guard Noah Blackwell scored 10 of his 15 points in the second quarter and had six rebounds and five assists. Senior Tyler Milani had 13 points and six rebounds, junior James Leyva scored all 12 of his points in the second half, junior Nick Howe scored 11 points, and senior Max Morse led the Timberwolves with seven rebounds.
Del Campo was led by 6-foot-4 junior Vasilije Saraba with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Britten scored 15 points and junior guard Joe Ramirez 11.
Steele Canyon 67, Roseville 53 — The Tigers (13-2) struggled with their shooting in losing their second game in a row in the Atascadero Christmas Tournament. Roseville trailed 37-27 at halftime.
Roman Tyukayev led the Tigers with 15 points. Seniors Daniel Rios and Marcus Garcia scored nine and eight points.
“We just have not shot the ball well,” coach Greg Granucci said of his Tigers, who will play Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley for seventh place Saturday.
Granite Bay girls bomb their way into championship
Senior Katrina Reeves and freshman Daeja Black made three three-pointers each and combined for 38 points to lift Granite Bay over host Lincoln 64-36 in the semifinals of the 22nd annual Lincoln Invitational.
The Grizzlies (8-6) pulled away from a 32-22 halftime lead behind Black, who scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and Reeves, who scored 13 points. Sophomore Annie Wright also scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Granite Bay will face Rio Americano for the title at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Raiders (11-3) held previously unbeaten Bear River (12-1) to five points in the second quarter of a 44-35 victory in the other semifinal.
Tiger JV Classic final: Roseville vs. Pleasant Valley
Roseville advanced to the championship game of its Tiger JV Classic with a 67-47 victory over Yuba City in the semifinals. The Tigers (12-3) will take a 10-game winning streak into the final against Chico-Pleasant Valley at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Moeller Gym.
Tigers guard Hunter White had three steals in about a minute in the fourth quarter to help lock up the victory, and Nick Espino led Roseville’s defensive and rebounding efforts.
In other games, Oakmont defeated Nevada Union and will play Linden in the consolation final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Valley Christian Academy, which lost to Linden, will meet Nevada Union for seventh place at 2 p.m. Ponderosa and Yuba City play for third place at 5 p.m.
Josh Gutierrez contributed to this report.