Babineaux's long-distance three at buzzer lifts Bulldogs

By: Matt Long
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If Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball ever needed a win, they needed one Wednesday and Kori Babineaux delivered. Babineaux swished a 3-point shot from about 32 feet as the buzzer sounded, giving the Bulldogs a 52-49 win in their Delta River League opener. Folsom, 8-9 overall, enters Friday’s game at Pleasant Grove with a little bit of momentum following three losses last week. With less than three seconds to go, Ben Olpin inbounded the ball to Babineaux, who took two quick dribbles to his left and then sent the shot on its way. “I was just looking to get a clean look and get it up,” Babineaux said. “I got a clear shot and I thought I might have put too much of an arc on it, but other than that I thought it looked good and thought it might go.” It was only one win in the league opener, but it was big nonetheless. “I think a loss would have been devastating,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “I don’t think any of these guys have ever lost to Florin and to see them have Florin have a chance to win at the end was nerve-racking.” With 1:30 to play Folsom held a somewhat comfortable 49-43 lead, but Florin scored sixth straight points to tie the game with 16 seconds to play. On his way to the basket for a potential game-winning bucket, Babineaux was whistled for traveling with 5.5 seconds to play, giving the Panthers a chance to win it. The tables were then turned back in Folsom’s favor, as Florin was called for a travel with 4.2 seconds to play. On Folsom’s first attempt to win the game, Babineaux was fouled and Folsom got another inbound attempt and Babineaux made it count, scoring three of his game-high 24 points. “I think this win was bigger than most people might think,” Babineaux said. “Florin’s a better team than last year; it’s our first league game and it gives us momentum heading into Pleasant Grove.” That it does, but the Bulldogs have to pick up their play a notch. “We’ve got to play better than that on Friday,” Wall said.