Saturday, February 23, 2013

Roseville boys outclass Woodbury 74-52

5 weeks ago Roseville was the hot team, 12-1 overall, rated #3. Woodbury, then 10-3, brought the Raiders down to earth 80-71 at Woodbury. Now it was Woodbury that was hot with 9 straight wins since the Roseville game, 13 straight wins in all, 20-3, rated #5. Roseville had lost 3 more since the Woodbury game, dropping to 17-5 and #10. The tables had turned, and now they've turned again, as Roseville put an old-fashioned whuppin' on the Royals 74-52.

Things started out inauspiciously enough for Woodbury as junior forward Charlie Olson went down less than 2 minutes into the game with what looked like a left knee injury. He was helped off the floor, directly to the dressing room, and he only returned at half-time on crutches to the bench.

It was just 2-0 at that point on a Jordan Burich bucket after a Burich offensive board and a Mack Johnson assist. Soon it was 7-0 as Johnson scored off the offensive glass and Kobe Critchley nailed a 3.  Woodbury matched the 7-0 run to tie it up at 7-all, but Roseville answered with another 7 and this time Woodbury never caught up. They got within 17-15 and 20-18, but the Raiders out-scored the Royals 9-1 inside of 2 minutes to lead 37-24 at the half.

Roseville shot a mediocre 14-of-38 (37 percent) in the half, but the Royals were a dreadful 7-of-28 (25 percent). Johnson had 10 points and 7 boards in the 1st half.

Woodbury got within 10 at 42-32 and 57-47 in the 2nd half but never put together a serious run. It would be hard to do that shooting 7-of-24 (29 percent) in the 2nd half, which is what the Royals did, including a horrifying 2-of-11 2s. For the night they were 14-of-52 FGs (27 percent). They got to the FT line 18 times but converted only 10. Forward Mario Franco scored 15 to lead the Royals but guards Renard Suggs and Diallo Powell, who ordinarily do a lot of the heavy lifting, combined for just 13 points on 3-of-22 shooting.

Roseville, meanwhile, had a plethora of weapons. As a team the Raiders shot 13-of-23 (57 percent) in the 2nd half and 44 percent for the night. The rebounds were 43-31 Roseville. Johnson was spectacular, scoring 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting, plus 11 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore guard Kobe Critchley added 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

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