Second half run gives Oak Ridge boys a victory over Folsom, 55-43

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Oak Ridge boys’ basketball team moved one win closer to earning itself a Division I postseason berth. The Trojans turned a four-point halftime deficit to the visiting Folsom Bulldogs into a 12-point victory on Friday night, 55-43. Both of the Delta River League rivals played scrappy, physical basketball in somewhat of a loosely officiated game. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a game like that where (the referees) just let everything go,” said Oak Ridge coach Steve Scott. “It was a really out-of-whack game.” “It was the most brutal, physical game I’ve been a part of in many years. It was just a mess,” Folsom coach Mike Wall concurred. “The officiating wasn’t the reason why we lost. Both teams thought the game was fairly competitive. We were just terrible. Offensively, we have a hard time making decisions and finding the open guy. We get so disjointed in some stretches that I have no idea what we’re thinking.” From the three-minute mark in the third quarter to the five-minute point of the fourth, Oak Ridge went on a 16-0 run, ignited by back-to-back 3-pointers from Bryce Scott that vanquished a three-point Bulldog lead. The eight-minute stretch put the Trojans ahead, 46-33, before an Anthony Lee drive stopped the bleeding for Folsom. “We started playing better defense and not letting them get to the rim and we started getting easier baskets. When we’re playing good defense, we’re a good team,” said Coach Scott. Drew Whitney gave the Bulldogs a 25-17 advantage late in the first half with a 3-pointer fed from Justin Woody. Folsom finished the half with a 26-22 lead before Oak Ridge began its monster third-and-fourth quarter run. Scott shared the Trojan lead in scoring with 18 with Scott Sanchez, who also tallied nine rebounds. Matt Howard chipped in 13 points and three steals for the Trojans. Lee played aggressively at the point for the Bulldogs, finishing with 11 points and six boards while Whitney led Folsom with 12 points. The Trojans (15-9, 4-3 DRL) look forward to a two-game road stretch next week against two of the top Delta River League teams, Sheldon and Jesuit. Oak Ridge needs at least one more league win to qualify for a playoff spot. “We’re going to have to play unbelievable defense and shoot much better than we did tonight,” said Coach Scott. Wall concluded by saying, “We’re just playing for pride now.” Folsom (11-13, 1-6 DRL) hosts Ponderosa before heading to Pleasant Grove on Friday.