Bulldogs lose three of four games

By: Matt Long
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Turnovers in basketball cost your team possession of the ball and shot attempts, but oftentimes it also leads to good scoring opportunities for the opponent. That’s the predicament that Folsom High’s varsity boys’ team found themselves in all too often last week, which led to three losses out of four games. Folsom enters this week with a 2-3 record. “A good game is 10 or less turnovers a game and a bad night is anywhere from 15 to 17,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “We had 22 turnovers against Vista and 29 against Oak Ridge so we’ve had some really bad nights. We’re committing way too many turnovers and most of them are self generated. We’re making very poor decisions with the ball.” It’s all a part of the learning process, though. Folsom only has three players that saw any varsity time last year in Kori Babineaux, Ben Olpin and Bryson Bryant so the team is young and inexperienced. Add that to a schedule that has them playing more games than practices and that’s added to a slow start for the team, a start that has seen them lose more games (three) than they lost all of last season (two). “We’ve got to get used to playing with each other and we’ve also got to get the timing down on running the offense,” Wall said. “Then we’ve got to be a little more careful with the ball. It’s going to take some time.” A lack of experience is hurting Folsom because many players aren’t used to the speed and quickness of playing varsity basketball, according to Wall. Folsom won its opener of the Bulldog Invitational on Thursday, beating Reed 66-21 behind 25 points from Babineaux. Folsom then lost a defensive battle to Vista, 44-34, on Friday and dropped a 61-54 decision to Lincoln of Stockton on Saturday. Add in a 69-50 loss to Oak Ridge on Dec. 8 and it wasn’t a very good week for the Bulldogs, losing to two chief rivals and to a team coached by former Folsom coach Gary Greeno (Lincoln) in a span of five days. Folsom has a few days to practice before Thursday’s 4 p.m. game against West Campus in the first round of the Mel Good Tournament at Yuba City High.