Folsom, Vista to play tonight at 7 p.m.

By: Herb Barrows, Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom and Vista Del Lago High varsity basketball teams both earned victories in the first round of the Bulldog Invitational Thursday night at Folsom High School. The Bulldogs coasted to an easy win over 66-21 Reed of Sparks, Nev. while the Eagles earned a hard-fought victory 56-43 over the Del Campo Cougars. Both Folsom teams match up for the first time Friday night at 7 p.m. in the annual Bulldog Invitational tournament. Junior standout Kori Babineaux led the Bulldogs with a 25 point night in Folsom's commanding victory over Reed. The Bulldogs opened with an early 15-11 lead in the first quarter and their pressing defense pulled Folsom to a 34-15 halftime edge. Babineaux had 13 first-half points including three 3-pointers. The Bulldogs dominated the third quarter pulling away with a 56-18 lead at the end of the third period. Folsom's tight defense held Reed to only three points, virtually ending the game at the end of third quarter. The Bulldogs cleared their bench in the fourth quarter winning going away, 66-21. "We're starting to feel more confident while shaking off the rust," said coach Mike Wall following the game. "Marcus had a great effort; he scrapped and battled. Babineaux got his shot going coming back after football with his shooting rhythm better than his first game at Oak Ridge." In addition Wall said, "We finished our plays and made our shots. We are a work in progress, one step at a time". Senior forward Ben Olpin was second in scoring with seven points, with Tanner Trosin and Andrew Nagel each having six points while Hendricks added five points to lead the Bulldogs. In the Vista victory, the Eagles earned their victory, pulling away at the end to win 56-43. The Eagles featured a balanced scoring attack with senior guard Hayden Lescault leading with 10 points. Spencer Hatten and Rushabh Shah both added nine points, each while Mike Young and Demarcus Wishom both chipped in eight points with Kalib Smith finishing with seven points. "We can play better, we played good enough to win and we played hard defensively", said coach Jeff Bridges following the game. The game started as a defensive struggle with the Eagles opening a 9-4 first quarter lead. The Eagles pressing defense proved crucial in widening their lead to 23-13 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Eagles offense broke the Cougars defensive press to give a comfortable 37-23 lead at the end of third quarter. The intensity of the game heated up with Lescault getting a technical foul a 6:39 left in the fourth quarter. Del Campo bounced back narrowing the Vista lead to 46-39 with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Eagles pulled away in final two minutes again widening their lead to 50-41 with 1:45 left and wrapping up a victory their with a 52-43 lead with 48 seconds left. Del Campo fouled on a break away basket sending the Eagles to free throw line with 2.2 seconds left. Vista made the free throws bringing the final score to 56-43.