Eagles take down Bulldogs at home, 58-49

By: by Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The two Folsom area high schools, Folsom and Vista del Lago, did battle on Tuesday night in what would be each team’s last contest before finishing off finals week. The Eagles hosted the Bulldogs at the Eagle’s Nest and earned their first win over Folsom since 2009.

Drew McPherson led all scorers with 17 points and point guard Jake Duenkel had a solid all-around game with nine points, seven boards and five assists to lead the Eagles to the 58-49 win.

“It feels good. This is the first time we’ve beaten Folsom since I’ve been here,” said Vista head coach Matt von Tillow.

The Eagles did a great job of keeping the Bulldogs scorers at bay. They held Folsom’s lead man Zach Wolking scoreless until the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter.

“We knew that they have a lot of guys that can score. Zach’s usually the guy they look to first and we knew if we could shut him down, then everyone else would have a harder time scoring,” said von Tillow.

Jordan Ford and Edwin Olympio tried to pick up the scoring for the Bulldogs in the second half. Ford scored 11 of his 16 in the second half while Olympio tallied 11 of his 13 in the same stretch.

After McPherson nailed his third 3-pointer of the night with under two minutes to play in the fourth, the Bulldogs cut the Vista lead down to seven after Olympio’s trip to the foul line. TJ Fulton pulled down the missed free throw and found McPherson all alone upcourt for an emphatic two-handed dunk that put the exclamation point on the game for Vista.

“(Vista) absolutely came to play. I give them all the credit. They took our players out of what they wanted to do and we just responded terribly,” said Folsom coach Mike Wall. “We didn’t respond in time. When you play like we did tonight and the other team has a plan, you’re not going to win.”

The Eagles (4-5) play Friday at Vacaville while Folsom (6-4) will remain idle until next week.