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March 21, 2012

Roseville’s boys basketball team falls in district final

By Jon Malavolti
C & G Sports Writer

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Roseville High’s Matt Noble drives the ball between a pair of Fraser High defenders during a March 9 district final at Roseville. The Panthers fell to the Ramblers, ending their season.

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High’s boys basketball team’s season came to an end March 9, as the Panthers fell 59-46 at home to Fraser High in a Class A district final.

“Fraser’s a good team,” Roseville coach Robbie Lang said. “Even though we lost tonight and didn’t do the things we were doing good to get us here, it was a good season.”

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The Panthers end the year 12-10 overall and reached the district final for the fourth straight year, a campaign Lang called “an enjoyable season.”

“The kids bought in to what I was selling them,” the coach said. “And they tried to do everything I asked them to do all season, and hustled. There’s nothing more I can ask.”

Lang was especially proud of the effort turned in all year by his two seniors, Matt Noble and Juwan Nixon.

“They were just great leaders, great role models for all the kids,” the coach said. “I’ve never had better leadership. Those two guys did everything I asked of them.

Lang anticipates the returning players to step up next season.

“I just hope that they at least take a page out of (the seniors’) book, and look at that and say, ‘If I work as hard as those guys did in the offseason, and take some responsibility, take some leadership, be a team player’ — that we could do something good again next year.”

Lang noted that Fraser also has a lot of juniors and will only graduate a few seniors.

“So, hopefully, we’ll meet them again next year with a better result,” he said.

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