Sunday Dec 16 2012
Bulldogs take two of three at Rocklin tourneyBy: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
The Folsom boys’ basketball team entered last week with a revamped roster thanks to the conclusion of the Bulldogs’ football season last Saturday.
The renovated Bulldogs had a chance to play together for the first time at the Rocklin Holiday Classic over the weekend.
Thursday’s game against Inderkum saw the Bulldogs take a 10-point lead into halftime before the Tigers narrowed the Folsom lead to just two by the start of the fourth quarter. Josiah Deguara—in his first game after being added to the basketball roster—and Patrick Chen each had 17 points to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Folsom won a free throw battle down the stretch and outlasted the Tigers in a high scoring fourth quarter (29-25, Folsom) for the 83-77 victory.
On Friday, the Bulldogs were set to play the host Thunder in a rematch from last week’s Folsom tournament, where the Bulldogs beat Rocklin by 18. The Thunder avenged last week’s loss, however, and take a 61-57 win into the finals of their own tournament.
“We shot the ball well (against Rocklin) but we didn’t come out with the defensive intensity that we needed. You have to give credit to Rocklin, though. They’re a good team and they were hungry from the last time we played each other. They wanted it more,” said Folsom coach Mike Wall.
In the consolation game against Oakmont on Saturday, the Bulldogs maintained a well-balanced attack, led by Zach Wolking’s 19 points, Jordan Ford’s 18 and 13 from sophomore Gavin Smith. Folsom took the third-place game with a 64-47 victory.
Ford averaged 16.3 points per game and Wolking averaged 12.3 during the three-game stretch. The Bulldogs now stand at 6-3 on the year.
The addition of the four football players has already had a major impact on the Bulldogs’ practices. Although two of the four were sick all last week, expanding the roster from eight to twelve meant that Folsom could finally have five-on-five scrimmages during practice for the first time since the summer workouts.
“The (football) guys are blending right in as far as the chemistry of our team,” said Wall, whose team has only one game in the next week and a half during finals week at Vista del Lago on Tuesday.
Wall said, “We’ve really been handicapped in our ability to see the whole picture and get ready for battle. This will be an important 10 days for us.”