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Bulldogs win big in playoff opener

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team took the first step in attempting to win back-to-back section titles by opening the playoffs Friday with a 80-41 win over Armijo. The Bulldogs played tenacious defense throughout the game and ran the floor effectively, as they pulled away from Armijo as the night wore on. Behind Tony Johnson’s 11 first-quarter points, Folsom led 19-11 after the first frame. Had they shot better than two-for-six from the line and converted a couple missed layups and didn’t give the Indians the quarter’s final five points, Folsom could have been up by even more. A 24-14 scoring advantage in the second quarter pretty much finished off the Indians, as Folsom took a 43-25 lead into the half. Folsom spread the ball around, as four players made at least two baskets, including six points from Tucker Horwath. The Bulldogs led by 18 at the break, despite the fact that Kori Babineaux was saddled with three fouls and had only scored three points, while playing very few minutes. Jordan Richards didn’t contribute with points, but stepped up and played solid minutes in Babineaux’s absence. As solid as the second quarter was, Folsom really got things going in the third, outscoring Armijo 17-4 to put the game away. The Bulldogs scored the first 11 points of the quarter, capped of by a Brandon Babineaux jam on the fastbreak off a nice left-handed, under-handed pass from Johnson. It was all academic from there, as Folsom cruised to the win. About the only negative for the Bulldogs was their 58 percent free throw shooting, as the made only 20-of-34 attempts. Johnson led Folsom with 16 points, while Brandon Babineaux scored 15; Horwath added 12 and Patrick Akins finished with nine. “We always come to play come playoff time,” Brandon Babineaux said after the game. “We ran the floor well in transition and that’s what we do best.” “We had an outstanding effort,” Folsom coach Mike Wall added. “Defensively, we contained their top scorer and stopped dribble penetration where they couldn’t do anything against us.” Folsom advances to Tuesday’s quarterfinal game at the University of Pacific against the Enochs/Pitman winner.