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Hillmen fall short in Foundation

Roseville's Crabb scores 24, grabs 21 rebounds to down Placer
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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Jeff Patton enjoyed his challenge in Placer’s Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game Monday night. That challenge came in the form of Roseville’s 6-foot-6 center Kevin Crabb, who scored a game-high 24 points and had 21 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 66-58 win over the Hillmen. “He was a good player,” said Patton, one of only two returning seniors from a team that lost seven of its last nine to finish 12-16 last season. “It was a good way to start off my year. It’s always fun to go against guys your height, maybe a little stronger.” Placer took a 9-5 lead on James Taber’s layup midway through the first quarter before Roseville scored 11 unanswered points, capped by Nick Schwyzer’s 3-pointer. The Hillmen, who shot a dismal 7-for-32 from the floor in the first half and finished the game 23-for-68, trailed 32-15 at halftime. “We struggled shooting,” Placer head coach Mark Lee said. “We executed well all night, we just couldn’t hit shots.” The Tigers extended their lead to as many as 19 on a Crabb layup in the final seconds of the third quarter and took their largest lead, 59-39, on Crabb’s lone slam dunk with 4:02 left in the game. Placer then went on a 14-2 run and pulled to within eight at 61-53 on Michael Jensen’s 3-pointer with 39.9 seconds left. Roseville, which had cleared its bench, returned its starting five to the floor to finish the game “It was really nice to see that out there,” Patton said. “I love the heart that this team has. It’s a young team but I see a lot of potential.” Jensen scored a team-high 20 for the Hillmen, while Patton finished with 11 points and Conrad Harder scored eight. Schwyzer and Trey Rosenberg each scored 10 for Roseville. “It was just good competition, a good way to start off the season playing against a good team,” Patton said. “It’s an early challenge to get us ready for the season, get us ready to hopefully compete and win that league title this year.” Placer hosts Casa Roble tonight. “We need some experience, and we’re going to keep getting better every day,” Lee said. In the first action of the season for the girls, Placer withstood a Roseville comeback for a 37-33 win. The Hillgals led by 13 twice, the last time at 28-15. The Tigers used an 18-7 run to cut the deficit to 35-28 with 44 seconds remaining before a flagrant foul allowed Placer to create a two-possession game in the waning seconds. Shelby Madigan scored 12 to lead the Hillgals, while Kayla Reeves had nine points and Bethany Feis chipped in with eight. “We were getting our scores off turnovers and transition,” head coach Scott Barry said. “It’s a charity game and I wanted to make sure I got everybody playing time. We do have quite a few seniors but none of them have played.” Madigan and Bailey Bill are the only seniors who saw significant playing time on a Placer squad that went 23-5 and fell to Vanden in the section semifinals last winter.