Bulldogs roll over Eagles, 61-48

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Three days after Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball team defeated cross-town rival Vista del Lago, the Bulldog varsity boys’ team did the same by the tune of 61-48. Folsom broke open a four-point lead at the half to a 17-point lead after three quarters, thanks to a 23-10 scoring advantage in the third. The win improved Folsom’s record to 6-4, while the Eagles fell to 0-9. Folsom junior Whitman Heise, who attended Vista until midway through his sophomore year, helped the Bulldogs in a big way in the third quarter, scoring six of his game-high 15 points early in the third quarter. Drew Whitney also scored four points during Folsom’s 8-1 in the first 3:17 of the quarter. Then Zach Wolking, another former Eagle, dropped three threes in just under two minutes to extend Folsom’s lead to 44-27 lead. In the end that 19-6 stretch over the first six minutes was the difference in the game. “There’s no doubt that was the stretch that cost us,” Vista coach Matt von Tillow said. “They made four or five shots in a row and we struggled offensively.” Von Tillow let his team have it during a timeout following Wolking’s third three, screaming ‘where is it? I need it. Don’t give up.’ “Sometimes we struggle to play hard and I was just encouraging them to keep fighting,” von Tillow said. “We’re getting better at it, but we’ve got to play hard for 32 minutes and we’re not consistent enough in doing that.” Vista played hard the rest of the way, getting as close as 10 points to the lead, but Folsom kept the momentum and pulled away for the 61-48 win. Justin Woody finished with 12 points, while Wolking added 11. Patrick Lowman led the Eagles with 13 points, while Ian MacLachlan scored 10 and Drew McPherson finished with nine. “This game meant more to me because I used to go there, but at the same time it’s just like any other game,” Heise said. “The key was that we moved really well offensively and everyone got touches. That’s when we got good shots.” Folsom coach Mike Wall loved his team’s performance in the second half and also likes having Heise in the lineup, who sat out the first six games of the season. “That’s the first time we’ve seen a 1-2-2 zone and it took awhile to get our rhythm,” Wall said. “In the second half we were getting wide open looks from the perimeter and had guys standing all alone inside. Whitman just gives us another athlete who is big, quick and strong and he can defend good athletes. This was a big game for him, Zach and Tyler, who all went to Vista.” Meanwhile, the Eagles are still looking for their first win. “We’ve just got to be more consistent,” Lowman said. “We played good defense for most of the game, but had a stretch there when we didn’t make any shots and we didn’t defend anyone. We can’t go four or five minutes where we do that and expect to win.”