Oak Ridge cruises by Folsom, 69-50

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Trojans won the first home game of the preseason on Tuesday, beating Folsom 69-50. The Bulldogs came into the visiting gym off a 59-58 narrow victory at Bethel last week. Oak Ridge had just lost to Rio Americano 68-57 on Saturday. The Trojans had lost their last two consecutive games by more than 10points each and needed the win early in their season to boost morale. After the first quarter Oak Ridge really gave the home crowd a show. Folsom began the game leading 7-2 and ended the first quarter leading 12-11. There was only one lead change in the game at 13-12 as Oak Ridge began escalating their lead. In the second quarter the Trojans outscored Folsom 23-11 taking a 34-23 lead into the halftime locker room. From there it was all Trojan basketball as they outscored Folsom 35-27 in the last two quarters. It wasn’t a pretty game, but for Oak Ridge it was a good home win in preparing for league play. Down by five at 7-2 the Trojans mounted that 12-point turnaround quickly taking their first and last lead. Their biggest lead in the first half came at 34-21 just before the end of the second quarter. The Bulldogs never made it an easy game and committed a number of fouls out of frustration. Taking advantage of Folsom’s turnover problems, the Trojans rolled through the third quarter up by as many as 19 at 49-30. Topping an 18-12 third quarter performance Matt Mendoza tossed up a last second half-court shot for the Trojans at the end of the third quarter putting his team up 52-35. In the fourth quarter Folsom had a bonanza of missed shots around the basket. Oak Ridge maintained their lead and finished on top through a slow last quarter. Oak Ridge senior Zack McMillen led the game with 17 points. Twelve of those points came in the second half. Bryce Scott had 10 points in the first half and finished with 11 points. Trevor Bratton was the Trojans third scorer taking his 8 points. For the Bulldogs it was a disappointing offensive showing for their starters. Their top player, Kori Babineaux, only scored nine points in his first game of the season. Folsom just couldn’t get a consistent offensive rhythm. Ben Olpin led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Justin Woody also finished with nine points for the Bulldogs.