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Bulldogs split; headed to Placer

Coach Mike Wall calling for better defensive effort
By: Matt Long
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One of the key concepts of any Mike Wall coached basketball team is defensive intensity, and right now it's an area that Wall's current team is struggling with. The 6-4 Bulldogs have played fairly well through 10 games, but Wall wants to see much more intensity on defense. "We did not defend very well against Bear River," Wall said of Folsom's 60-57 loss on the road last Thursday. "They were disciplined and didn't turn the ball over, but our lack of pressure went hand-in-hand with that. It's been a problem. It's definitely an area we need to work on." Tony Johnson and Ben Palmer both scored 19 points in the win. Folsom's week began with a 76-49 win over Burbank last Wednesday. The Bulldogs broke open a competitive 33-27 game at halftime with an exceptional third quarter, which saw Folsom outscore the Titans 23-7. Six Bulldogs scored in the quarter, led by Matt Harris' six points coming on three drives to the basket in the final three minutes of the quarter. Johnson and Paul Moeller both scored five points in the quarter and both connected from3-point land as well. Johnson started the quarter with a 3-pointer, while Moeller's trey with a minute to play put Folsom up by 20. Palmer also nailed a 3-pointer in the quarter, while Tyler Martin and Brandon Babineaux also scored two points apiece. When Folsom's got everyone involved in the offense, they're a tough team to stop. "I thought Tony played very well in both games," Wall said. "Ben has kind of found his shot and Tyler Moore has been really effective around the basket." Johnson ended the game with 15 points, while Luke Mazzanti scored 10. Folsom's next action is at the Kendall Arnett Tournament, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday at Placer High School. Folsom opens the tournament with Colfax on Thursday at 5 p.m.