Wednesday Mar 05 2008
Bulldogs' season comes to an end
By: Matt Long
Folsom falls at home to Newark Memorial, 62-48
Folsom High's basketball season came to an end Tuesday night, as the Bulldogs lost their first-round Northern California playoff game to the Newark Memorial Cougars, 62-48. After the Cougars jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, Folsom played competitive basketball until the Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter. Folsom led 35-33 with 3:30 to play in the third quarter and had four opportunities to increase that lead, but failed to do so. Tony Johnson missed a pair of 3-pointers along with a jumper, while Scott Moore couldn't convert a fastbreak opportunity following a beautiful pass from Patrick Akins. Had the Bulldogs converted on these opportunities, maybe it could have been a different result. The teams were tied at 37 after three quarters, but Newark outscored Folsom 25-11 in the fourth quarter to win going away. The Cougars opened the fourth quarter on a 12-1 run to take a 49-38 lead and made their free throws from there, while Folsom struggled from the floor. They just hit every shot, but we played them tough and had some unlucky bounces, Folsom senior guard Ben Palmer said. We played hard. We missed some free throws and they made a couple and then they got some transition baskets and got some more free throws and they just pulled away, Folsom coach Mike Wall said. We didn't shoot the ball very well tonight from the perimeter. That makes it difficult when you're playing a team as quick as Newark is. Johnson led the team with 12 points, while Scott Moore added 10 and Palmer scored nine. Despite the loss, it was a great season for the Bulldogs. We accomplished basically every goal we set for ourselves, Wall said. It was a great season, and it's a great group of guys. Tonight's game doesn't take anything away from what we've achieved. Palmer added, The guys coming back can do the same thing next year if they work at it.