Roseville trotted out a lot of inexperience in its season opener Thursday night, but it was able to bounce back from a slow start and squeak out a 68-66 win over St. Clair Shores Lakeview.
After losing 11 players from last year’s squad that reached a regional final in the state tournament, coach Sean Hansen wasn’t sure what to expect from his young team.
Junior forward Austin Lorentzen, one of the few players on Hansen’s roster with any experience at the varsity level, showed out to the tune of 21 points to lead Roseville.
“He’s a good shooter and a steady kid,” Hansen said. “I brought him up last year and got him some experience, so he’s not totally lost out there. He handled himself well and I was really proud of him.”
Freshman guard Martell Turner chipped in with 13 for Roseville, which found itself down 19-10 after the first quarter before exploding for 24 points in the second.
The slow start proved to be a glitch in the system. Roseville notched just 12 in the third quarter before taking control with a 22-point fourth.
“We’re a very young team and it showed early,” Hansen said. “But we settled in, battled back and started playing together. Lakeview played outstanding. We were fortunate to get a win.”
Lakeview knocked down 13 3-pointers in the game and got a game-high 25 points from DeAndre Jones.
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