Bulldogs stumble in 65-58 loss to El DoradoBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Two games to go before the tough Delta River League season begins and Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team is in trouble.
The Bulldogs have struggled to mesh so far this season, culminating in Friday’s 65-58 loss to El Dorado in the first round of the Trojan Toss-Up. A loss is one thing, but losing to a team that you dominated nearly a month ago in a 20-point victory is another.
After the game, Folsom High coach Mike Wall said little to his team.
“We’re not bringing any enthusiasm or energy,” Wall said. “We haven’t been the same team since winning our tournament. We’ve been like this for eight straight games now; some we’ve won, some we haven’t. They don’t seem to be getting the message.”
The Bulldogs have 24 hours to respond. Their second-round match-up against either Bella Vista or Shasta is slated for 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Wall said he hopes to see players with enthusiasm and energy Friday and “players who want to do their jobs.”
Obviously, the Bulldogs struggled against a Cougar team seeking to avenge the earlier loss. Folsom held an 11-6 lead after the first quarter, but it was far from a great performance. The Bulldogs didn’t score for the first four minutes of the game before Edwin Olympio completed a three-point play to put Folsom in front 3-2. They stayed in front for the rest of the first half, leading 30-25 at the break.
Folsom struggled to execute offensively and when they did the shots weren’t falling, all of which allowed the Cougars to hang around. El Dorado took its first lead since 2-0 with 2:28 to play in the third quarter, following a three-pointer which put them up 37-35. By the end of the quarter, Folsom trailed 43-38 and never got closer than three points to the lead the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs had their best offensive quarter in the fourth, scoring 20 points, but played poor defense and didn’t play well enough for long enough to regain the lead.
Josiah Deguara led the team with 15 points, while Jordan Ford finished with 12. Olympio and Zach Wolking both scored eight points, while Gavin Smith had seven.
“We need to play as a team and do our jobs because right now we aren’t doing it,” Wolking said. “It’s frustrating. I feel we can change it around, though. We’re in a tough league and I feel like we can have a positive record and make the playoffs, but we need to start playing as a team and everyone needs to start doing their jobs.”