Folsom freshman basketball team wins Jesuit tournamentBy: Staff Report
The Folsom High School boys’ freshman basketball team completed their non-league season by taking home the championship in the Jesuit tournament.
After defeating a small but athletic Kennedy squad in the opening round, 69-51, the Bulldogs took on the Jesuit Gold team in the semifinals and prevailed 73-47.
"That was our most complete game this year,” Folsom coach Mark Spring said. “It was the first time that we were able to focus for all four quarters and it provided a glimpse of the potential we have."
In the tournament finale, Folsom faced the Jesuit Red squad, who had beaten the Bulldogs by 28 earlier in the season at the Rocklin Tournament.
"We were better prepared this time,” Spring said. “We are playing harder and the addition of a few freshmen playing with the JV squad most of the season enabled us to do some new things. Tyler Jacobs, Roger Neal and Alec Andrews dominated the glass at both ends and that was the real difference."
The game was close at half with Folsom leading 30-26, but Folsom dominated the second session and pulled away for a 61-41 victory and the championship. Jared Wall provided great energy and made the all-tournament team and Justin Harrell was the tournament MVP.
"Justin has really improved and he is very effective offensively,” Spring said of Harrell. “He is an outstanding three-point shooter and also is very effective at driving and finishing around the basket, which makes him difficult to stop."
The freshman Bulldogs are now 11-6 heading into the Delta River League battle. They open up their league schedule at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at home where they will again face the Jesuit Red squad.