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Bulldogs' season comes to an end

Folsom falls at home to Newark Memorial, 62-48
By: Matt Long
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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.