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Folsom to face Vista? It could happen Friday

By: Matt Long
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The Bulldog Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday through Saturday at Folsom High and presents a possible intriguing match-up. Besides the fact that it’s the deepest, most competitive field that the tournament’s seen in at least a decade, a possible second-round match-up Friday at 7 p.m. would be a battle between both Folsom schools, the Bulldogs and Vista del Lago. For that to happen, Folsom needs to beat Reed of Sparks, NV, while the Eagles would have to get by a strong Del Campo team. Folsom plays Reed at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the Eagles following at 8:30 with their game against Del Campo. If both teams lose, they would meet on Friday at 5:30 p.m. “It would be exciting,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “I know the kids on both sides would be really motivated and I would anticipate a big crowd for the all-Folsom event. I appreciate rivalries and this would be as big as it gets and I hope it happens.” Vista coach Jeff Bridges also said it would be a good game. “For me it’s just another game, another chance to win and get to the championship game, but I understand the added excitement if it happens,” Bridges said. “I’m sure the kids would be excited and I think the community would enjoy seeing that. It would be a lot of fun to play them and it would have been a lot of fun to play them last year. “Hopefully in the future we could get a home and away game with them each year. I know we’d like to do that and maybe this will be a springboard toward that.” In other first round games, Rio Americano plays Center at 4 p.m. on Thursday with Oak Ridge facing Lincoln of Stockton at 5:30 p.m. “It’s the best, most competitive tournament that we’ve had at least since 2000 and from what I’ve heard, in 20 years,” Wall said. “There are five or six, maybe even seven playoff teams in the tournament.”