Bulldogs' dream season comes to an end

Folsom handled soundly by Monte Vista, 63-42
By: Matt Long
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The season to remember is now a memory. Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team’s fabulous run through postseason play is over, as the Bulldogs were eliminated by Monte Vista on Thursday, 63-42. The Bulldogs ended the season with a 31-2 record, losing twice to the Mustangs. “All of our weaknesses came out tonight,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “Our perimeter shooting failed us. We’ve been shaky all year, but found a way to recover from it, but not in this game. Rebounding hurt us, as they killed us on the boards and they were getting offensive rebounds too. Our post defense was not very good. “We lost to a very good team.” Folsom played decent enough in the first quarter to open up its biggest lead of the game at 13-7, courtesy of a 3-pointer by Patrick Akins. After one quarter, Folsom led 13-9. Nearly halfway through the second quarter, Kori Babineaux’s second bucket of the period gave his team another six-point lead at 19-13, but that was the last highlight for the Bulldogs. While the Bulldogs failed to score for the remaining 4:30 of the half, Monte Vista put up 12 points to lead 25-19 at the break. Not only was Folsom missing everything it threw up, but they weren’t getting a sniff of the rebound. On the other end, Monte Vista’s inside game of Tyrelle Phillips and Zach Ertz was hurting the Bulldogs, as the two combined for 11 of the team’s 16 points in the quarter. Despite not scoring in the final 4:30 and not having a point from leading scorer Tony Johnson, the Bulldogs only trialed by six and were not out of the game by any stretch. However, the Mustangs came out hot in the third quarter, embarking on an 11-2 run over the first 3:09 of the period, extending their lead to 15, 36-21 and putting the game out of reach, especially because of how poorly the Bulldogs were shooting. The 23-2 run over the two quarters was enough to finish off any team. Johnson’s first basket with 4:39 to play in the quarter ended the run, but Folsom couldn’t muster a comeback and trailed by 19 after three quarters, 48-29. Folsom’s glorious season was nearing the end with each passing second, as it had nothing left to give in the fourth and never put together a run. Babineaux led Folsom with 12 points, while Johnson managed 11, all in the second half. “We certainly didn’t play our ‘A’ game, but we got beat by a very good basketball team,” Wall said. “This was the best season I’ve ever had as a coach and I’ve enjoyed not only the wins, but coaching the team as well. It’s been an unbelievable season and I didn’t want it to end, but we’ve got nothing to hang our heads about.” “I’m proud of the guys,” Akins added. “We battled to the end.” “I’m going to remember playing with all these guys,” Scott Moore added after the loss. “We played so well together this year. If we lost this game I knew it wasn’t going to be because we didn’t play together. It was because we were just missing shots. That was the difference.”