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Bulldogs shut down Inderkum to begin Toss-Up tournament

By: Nick Pecoraro
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The Folsom High boys’ basketball team opened up the Trojan Toss Up tournament Tuesday night with an impressive win against the Inderkum Tigers, 81-60 at Oak Ridge High. Folsom scored the game’s first eight points before Inderkum made an eight-point run of their own to bring the score to 10-8, Folsom. The Bulldogs, however, were able to contain the Tigers’ athleticism and continued to build on their lead throughout the first half. A nine-point lead after the first quarter was doubled by the end of the half, 44-26. “We played with good energy and fought hard all the way through. We saw (Inderkum) at our own tournament a couple weeks ago and we knew that they had some athletes but weren’t very disciplined, so we thought that we could take care of business if we played well,” said Folsom coach Frank Horwath. “The idea was to make this team take shots over our hands and for us to box out well. It’s very rare that a team can rain down contested jumpers and beat you.” The Bulldogs executed their defensive game plan to perfection as Inderkum shot only 5-24 from beyond the three-point arc. Folsom also outscored the Tigers from the free-throw line (19-36 to just 5-10 for the Tigers). Senior Rich Olpin led all scorers with 16 points while collecting seven rebounds for the Bulldogs while guard Justin Woody added 13 points and three steals. Bryson Bryant contributed first half totals of 15 points on 7-10 field goal attempts, seven rebounds and two blocks before sitting out the entire second half with a stomach ailment. “Bryson will be fine,” said Horwath. “When he’s fully engaged, hitting the glass the way he was, he’s very capable of stepping out and hitting that outside jump shot. It catches teams by surprise. He hits a couple jumpers and teams go, ‘uh-oh, what do we do next?’” Folsom improves to 6-3 on the young season and continues on to the winner’s side of the Toss Up bracket to challenge Pleasant Valley High of Chico tonight at 6:30 p.m.