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Bulldogs begin league schedule tonight

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Delta River League action begins for most teams tonight. The Folsom High Bulldogs anticipate tough competition with a mixture of rivals, both old and new. In the final week of tuning up for league play, Folsom concluded its preseason at 8-6 with a trio of games last week. The Bulldogs began their 2011 with a 68-49 loss against an offensively balanced Granite Bay team last Tuesday before avenging a December 17 loss against former league foe Monterey Trail on Thursday night. The Bulldogs pulled away with a 59-58 win over the Mustangs on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from senior center Bryson Bryant, who finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. “After a back-to-basics practice, our goal was to control tempo and play excellent defense (against Monterey Trail) and I think we did that,” said Bulldog coach Frank Horwath. “It would have been a tough game to lose but we played with a renewed energy and it was a very good win for us.” Folsom faced a near identical situation in the final seconds of Friday night’s game at Del Oro. After scoring only 13 total points in the second half, Folsom still had an opportunity to tie the game with the ball in their hands and seven seconds to go. A three-point attempt rimmed out as the Bulldogs fell to the Golden Eagles, 49-46. Despite the tough loss, Horwath was happy with the energy and enthusiasm that carried over from the Monterey Trail game. “Even though we didn’t get the win, we played a good game against a good team and we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. A year ago, Folsom was 7-9 preceding league play and eventually earned a playoff berth with an even 5-5 league record. The Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them if they are to repeat that success as the Delta River League features four of its six teams ranked in the Sacramento Bee’s top ten. “Every night is going to be a fight. There won’t be any ‘gimmes’ in this league,” said Horwath. “We’re prepared to make a good run in league and we continue to get better. “The league is the top rated league in all the area, which can help us if we can win some games.” The Bulldogs open up the initial week of league play with two home games; tonight at 7:30 against Pleasant Grove and on Friday against Oak Ridge.