The Folsom High School freshman boys’ basketball squad finished their non-conference schedule with an impressive 11-6 record.
However, the team has been unable to sustain their performance thus far in league play. Last week, the Bulldogs were beaten handily at home by Jesuit and on the road at Oak Ridge.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-4 lead against Jesuit, but then the tables flipped and Jesuit outscored Folsom 18-7 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs could not hold their slim halftime lead and were outscored by 13 in the third quarter. They ultimately lost 55-44. Tyler Jacobs led the Bulldogs with 18 points.
“The Jesuit game was our worst performance of the year,” Folsom coach Mark Spring said. “We played without any enthusiasm and that is what caused us to lose. Our league is too deep and too difficult to give anything less than 100 percent effort and expect to win. I was extremely disappointed in our effort against Jesuit. It was definitely the low point of the season so far.”
Following a team meeting prior to the Oak Ridge game, the Bulldogs played much better. However, Oak Ridge’s freshman squad proved to be too much as the Trojans came away with a 67-45 victory. The game was actually much closer than the score indicated, as Folsom was within six-to-eight points most of the game, until the last two minutes.
“Coach Carey and I were pleased with the performance,” Spring said. “Our effort and intensity returned, but unfortunately for us, Oak Ridge is one of the best freshman teams in the section and they played very well also.
Roger Neal led the Bulldogs with 20 points, going 10-for-14 from the free throw line.
The freshman Bulldogs look to even their league record this week with a home game against Davis Wednesday and a road game at Ponderosa Friday. Both games tip off at 4 p.m.