Outta my way

Folsom takes third at invite
By: Matt Long
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Folsom didn’t win their Bulldog Invitational Tournament last weekend, but coach Frank Horwath is satisfied with how his team played and the progress that was made. The Bulldogs won two of three games and only a poor second half in a semifinal match against Del Campo kept them from reaching the championship game. In the game for third place on Saturday afternoon, Folsom held a one-point lead over Center after three quarters, but outscored Center 14-4 in the fourth quarter to win going away 52-41. Justin Woody, who scored eight of the team’s 14 points in the fourth quarter and ended the game with a team-high 21, was named to the all-tournament team, as was teammate Rich Olpin, who finished the game with nine points. Bryson Bryant scored 12. “When Justin provides scoring from the outside and can penetrate that opens things up for Rich,” Horwath said. “When Rich is scoring and drawing double teams, that opens it up for Justin outside and he can also drive and dish.” Horwath was pleased with his team’s performance in the tournament. One poor half against Del Campo on Friday night kept them from the championship game. “You always want to win your own tournament, but we had a good week of practice, played well against Vista and Center and had a bad half against Del Campo. I’m happy with the week we had. Against Center, we controlled our defensive end of the court, boxed out and rebounded well. We stuck to our defensive principles and when we do that, we’re a very good defensive team.” Against Del Campo, Folsom played a solid first half and took a 24-19 lead into halftime, but allowed the Cougars to score more points in the third quarter (24) than they did in the entire first half. The Cougars followed that up with 20 more in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up. “We just had defensive breakdowns in the second half and allowed more points than we have all season,” Horwath said. Travis Perkins scored 16 points to lead the team, while Woody added 11 and Olpin chipped in 10. Woody scored 26 points, 18 coming on 3-pointers, in leading Folsom to a 65-38 victory over Vista del Lago on Thursday. The Eagles hung with Folsom in the first quarter, coming as close as two points to the lead before Folsom led by five at the end of the quarter, 19-14. Brooks Lambertson scored nine of his 11 points in the first quarter, all on three-pointers, to keep his team in the game. The Bulldogs, however, opened up a 33-21 lead at halftime by outscoring Vista 14-7 in the second quarter, as Woody equaled Vista’s output for the quarter with seven. Drew Whitney also hit a three late in the half to give the Bulldogs a boost heading into halftime. A strong defensive effort in the third quarter in which Folsom outscored Vista 13-7 put the game away, as the Eagles had trouble scoring throughout the night. “I thought we had great energy from the get-go,” Horwath said. “We had a lot of excitement in the gym from the student body and that made a huge difference. Justin had a good game and in many respects, as he goes we go. When Justin takes care of the ball, we’re very effective.” Folsom plays in the Mel Good Tournament beginning Thursday in Yuba City.