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Grabbing control of the league

Bulldogs off to 3-0 start in league
By: Matt Long
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It’s hard to believe that a team can change so much in such a short time without either the addition or subtraction of a player. But that quick change has happened to Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team in the span of one day. Whether it was Kori Babineaux’s game-winning 3-pointer against Florin or something else, the following day at practice, Jan. 14, something had changed within the team. Folsom coach Mike Wall told a group of people surrounding him after Folsom’s 74-65 win on Friday that it’s a completely different team since the win over Florin. “At practice after the Florin win there was just a different feeling,” Wall said. “Something just clicked at that point and there was a weird aura. It wasn’t just me either, all the coaches noticed it.” Since then Folsom played marvelously in a 69-58 win on the road at Pleasant Grove on Jan. 15. Three days later, the Bulldogs controlled Sac High for three quarters before losing 71-70 and then came Friday’s impressive fourth-quarter performance against Sheldon, where the Bulldogs outscored the Huskies 32-20 to pull off the upset. Not only has Babineaux played much better of late, but he’s helped to do something that all great players do and that’s help make the players around him better. “We’re beginning to trust in each other and believe in each other way more than we did before,” Babineaux said after the Sheldon win. That trust among teammates and the improvement of Babineaux’s teammates was quite evident against Sheldon. Rich Olpin was magnificent in filling his role, knocking down the 10-to-12-foot jump shot, hitting of four-of-six shots, pulling down five rebounds and also contributing three steals and two assists. He also played solid defense and drew a couple charges. Tyler Trosin made all four of his two-point attempts and scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds to tie Olpin for the team lead. He also drew a few key charges on the Huskies. Gurminder Dosanjh scored six points, making all three of his 2-point attempts and made three steals and was seemingly involved in a lot of big plays. Ben Olpin scored 10 points and made all six of his free throws, including four straight late in the game that turned a 58-55 Folsom lead to a 62-55. Justin Woody didn’t score but dished out four assists. The Bulldogs are coming of age. Though they lost to Sac High on Jan. 18 their performance there was nothing short of amazing. Folsom led one of the top teams in the section, if not the top team, 58-49 after three quarters, a score that Wall admitted surprised him. “That was the best three quarters that we’ve played all season,” Wall said. “That’s how we played in the second half against Sheldon.” The next test for the Bulldogs is tonight on the road at Monterey Trail (1-2, 10-10). Then the other league favorite, Jesuit (3-0, 16-4), visits the Doghouse on Friday. Do the Bulldogs have anything for Jesuit? “Absolutely,” Wall said, “but we’ve got to get by Monterey Trail first. They seem to always give us fits.”