Bulldogs upset Eagles, 69-58

By: Matt Long
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After a 7-9 preseason, things didn’t look particularly promising for Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team for the Delta River League season. After a 2-0 start, however, the Bulldogs are feeling good about themselves. Folsom upset Pleasant Grove on the road on Friday, 69-58, to start league play with a 2-0 record with a pair of road wins. The Eagles, 10-7 on the season, just beat league favorite Sheldon on Wednesday to start league play, 66-61. “This is the type of win that makes us believe that we can compete in league,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “Pleasant Grove beat Sheldon and Sheldon is one of the top teams so mentally, it gives us the feeling that we can beat anybody. It just opens up a lot of possibilities for us and gives us confidence.” Kori Babineaux had his best game of the season, scoring a career-high 32 points to lead the way. After hitting the game-winning 3-pointer two days earlier against Florin, Babineaux picked up where he left off with an outstanding effort. “Everything was working for Kori,” Wall said. “He was scoring on drives, he hit some threes, some pull-up jump shots and made his free throws. They didn’t have an answer for him.” Perhaps the best part of the win was that Folsom came from behind very early in the game and went on to win the game thanks to a great effort. Folsom trailed 13-4 in the first quarter, but by the end of the quarter led 18-13 thanks to a 14-0 run. “We played with better energy and focus and guys played hard and hustled and that was the difference,” Wall said. “We forced Pleasant Grove into many mistakes because of the speed in which we played the game. This was definitely our best game of the season.” Up next for the Bulldogs is Sac High at 8 p.m. Monday at Del Oro. Folsom’s first home league game is Friday against Sheldon.