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Sheldon drills Folsom, 71-56

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Sometimes teams just have to tip their caps and concede that they lost to a better team. On Wednesday night Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team could do nothing to slow down Sheldon, losing 71-56 to arguably the best team in the Sacramento area. More specifically, the Bulldogs had no answer for Dakarai Allen, who scored 42 points and through three quarters had outscored the entire Folsom team, 38-37. “We got blitzed by a very good team,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “We didn’t shoot well early and their No. 4 had a career game. They didn’t hit one three against us the first time and they were hitting them tonight. It made it very difficult to understand what they were wanting to do.” With the game tied at four – with both Sheldon’s baskets coming off offensive rebounds, as their athleticism and physical dominance shined through, the Huskies pulled away on a 9-0 run in a mere 2 minutes and 30 seconds and quickly had a 17-9 lead. The Bulldogs stayed close for awhile, keeping the score within eight points after one quarter, 22-14. Take away Sheldon’s four second-chance baskets, the game would have been tied. Trailing 24-19 early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs had another 2-minute, 30-second stretch where they went without a basket and committed five turnovers, while the Huskies scored 10 points, all coming from Allen, to increase its lead to 34-19. By halftime Sheldon led 45-28 and things only got worse for the Bulldogs in the second half. Anthony Lee played hard and well for the Bulldogs throughout the game, leading the team with 16 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter. Edwin Olympio also had a solid all-around game, scoring 12 points. Wall guessed he also reached double digits in rebounds, which he said would have been the first time a Folsom player had a double-double this season. Drew Whitney finished with nine points, while Justin Woody scored eight.