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Folsom falls to Shasta, 54-47

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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A poor shooting night Friday kept Folsom from picking up a win against Shasta in the second-round of the Trojan Toss-Up Tournament.

The Bulldogs struggled to score, as shot-after-shot was off the mark and lost to Shasta, 54-47. Trailing by five, 52-46, Folsom missed three good looks at three-pointers, as well as four free throws in the final 50 seconds of the game.

The loss dropped Folsom into the seventh-place game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. where the Bulldogs will face Rio Americano, who lost to Oak Ridge on the other side of the bracket, 56-55 in overtime.

“It was a better effort than Thursday,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “In the first half our shot selection was horrible, as we were quick shooting against their zone and were missing. We took better shots in the second half, but weren’t hitting them.”

Folsom trailed most of the game, but led briefly late in the second quarter. Trailing by as many as seven in the first half, Folsom fought back with baskets by Gavin Smith, Lukas Hendricks and Jordan Ford, while Pardis Vakili’s three-pointer brought the deficit to one, 19-18. Edwin Olympio knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:36 to play for Folsom’s first lead. A baseline drive and score by Olympio put Folsom up for the last time 22-21, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Shasta’s Austin Ajamian put the Wolves up for good, 24-22, at the half.

The Bulldogs managed only six points in the third quarter, while the Wolves went on a 6-0 run to close out the quarter and took an 11-point lead to the fourth.

Folsom outscored Shasta in the final quarter, 19-15, but it wasn’t enough, as the Bulldogs got no closer than four points to the lead.

Ford and Olympio scored 11 points to lead the team.