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Folsom opens playoffs with Jesuit tonight

By: Matt Long
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Folsom opens the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at home Wednesday against a familiar opponent: the Jesuit Marauders.

The Bulldogs, 20-7 on the season and the Division I tournament’s sixth seed, played the Marauders (the 11th seed) way back on Dec. 2, the team’s second game of the season. Folsom won the game 61-44, but both teams are much better now than they were then.

“One of their best playmakers had only been with the team for two practices, so we’re going to see a much better version of him and of them,” Folsom Coach Mike Wall said. “They’re a dangerous team that can shoot it. Our strength is inside, so it should be a battle of our inside game against their perimeter game.”

While Wall is happy to be playing a familiar opponent, he felt his team should have been seeded higher in the tournament.

“I thought we would have been the fourth seed, and I’m not sure why we were seeded so low,” Wall said. “Ultimately, you prove yourself by winning so we just have to go out and win.”

If the Bulldogs can get by Jesuit, they will likely have to hit the road to Stockton Friday to face third-seeded St. Mary’s (17-10), who faced 14th-seeded Stagg in the first round. Sierra Foothill League rival and champion Woodcreek (25-2) is the second seed, while Sheldon (25-2) is the No. 1 seed.

Folsom guard Jayce McCain, who has been out since mid-January with a virus, is expected to play against Jesuit, but Wall said he’s unsure of how much or how effective he will be.