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Bulldogs fall to Jesuit, 75-62

By: Matt Long
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It’s a game that Folsom could have won had things gone its way, but in the end the Marauders of Jesuit defeated Folsom for the second time in a week Friday night, winning a much more competitive game, 75-62. A poor second quarter put Folsom down by 20 at halftime, but the Bulldogs played a spirited second half and got as close as eight points with three minutes to play before they ran out of gas and time. “We got a lot of really bad bounces and unlucky plays that always went Jesuit’s way,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “I thought we played them toe-to-toe, man-to-man and straight up, but we were just snake bit. It just wasn’t our night. The guys battled hard, though.” The Bulldogs aggressively took the ball to the basket in the first quarter but weren’t getting rewarded for it. Folsom only went to the line three times in the first quarter, while Jesuit went double that. The Marauders scored the last four points of the quarter, including the last basket at the buzzer, to take a 16-12 lead into the second quarter. It was the first of three buzzer beaters for the Marauders. In the end, the second quarter proved to provide the difference in the game. While the Bulldogs were in the midst of a four-minute stretch without a field goal, Jesuit’s James Moore scored eight straight points in the game, 10 straight for his team, as the Marauders went on a 12-2 run to take a 33-19 lead. Justin Woody converted a 3-point play, but Jesuit then outscored Folsom 10-1 for the remaining 1:53 in the quarter, including another buzzer beater, this time a 3-pointer, and Jesuit led 43-23 at the break. The Bulldogs scored the first nine points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 11, but never got any closer. By the end of the quarter, another shot by Moore as time expired put the Marauders up 56-41. Babineaux scored 15 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and Folsom got as close as 68-60, but that was all they had. “Jesuit’s a great team and you need some luck to beat them and we didn’t have any tonight,” Wall said. Folsom played well for most of the game, led by an outstanding performance from Babineaux. “His full compliment of shots was on display tonight,” Wall said. Ben Olpin added eight points, while Woody and Tyler Trosin both scored six.