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Bulldogs take two of three at Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long
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With two games left before league play begins, Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team has some more time to improve. With the recent additions of Tanner Trosin, Mark Meyer and Ryan Penrose from the football team, the Bulldogs have more depth and these final two games will give them time to familiarize themselves with the team, while coach Frank Horwath solidifies his rotation. Folsom, 7-4 on the season, plays host to Monterey Trail on Thursday and travels to Del Oro on Friday. Both games start at 7 p.m. “We backloaded the schedule because we knew the football team would be good this year,” Horwath said. “I think we’re about where I thought we’d be as we close in on the league schedule. We wanted to win the Oak Ridge tournament, but if we took two games and had a chance to win the third I’d take that and that’s what we did. Again, if we take two out of three this week (Folsom played Granite Bay on Tuesday) I’ll be happy with that.” In the championship game of the tournament against Oak Ridge, the Bulldogs fell behind early and trailed 17-8 after the first quarter and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. They never did catch up; coming as close as two points to the lead at 43-41 following a Rich Olpin three-pointer with 4:05 to play in the game. Oak Ridge responded with four straight points and Folsom got no closer than five points the rest of the way. “We got off to a slow start as we were tentative on offense and not as aggressive as we need to be on defense,” Horwath said. “I think we can beat anyone in our league (Oak Ridge included), but we were just too inconsistent.” Horwath said if his team takes two of three games this week, the team would be in good position as league play begins at home against Pleasant Grove on Jan. 12.