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Timberwolves in a romp, 67-44

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team’s playoff run lasted only one game this year, as Woodcreek handed the Bulldogs a 67-44 loss on Wednesday night. The 15th-seeded Bulldogs were thinking upset, but the second-seeded Timberwolves are seeded highly for a reason and they proved that on Wednesday night, easily dismantling their opponent. Folsom coach Mike Wall wasn’t all that surprised at the result. “You’d like to think we would have made some of our early layups and take advantage of the foul situation and make some free throws and keep it close, but we couldn’t do it,” Wall said. “Teams show their true selves during their last game of the season and we did that tonight. We made the same mistakes tonight that we’ve been making all year.” On top of Folsom’s mistakes, Woodcreek is a very good team, which Wall also admitted after the game. Folsom fell behind early 14-3 as Woodcreek’s 6’11” center Mike Kurtz made his presence felt early, scoring his team’s first four points, followed by six free throws by Nik Milani and buckets by Ryan Milat and Nik Stathopoulos. Folsom meanwhile, was ice cold from the field, including three missed layups and hitting only one-of-four free throws. Still the Bulldogs trailed only by eight after one, 16-8. Woodcreek opened up a 13-point lead midway through the second, but Tyler Trosin knocked down two free throws and Bryson Bryant began feeling it, stroking two perimeter jumpers and a 3-pointer which cut the deficit to 30-21 with a minute to play in the half. Folsom, however, fell apart and allowed Woodcreek six points in the final minute and trailed 36-21 at the break. “We finally get something going and cut the lead to nine and then turn the ball over three times in a row,” Wall lamented. Folsom had one last chance to put something together at the start of the third and scored four of the first six points, but Woodcreek then ran off 10 straight points, eight from Milani, and led 46-25 with 3:53 to play in the quarter. Game over. Kori Babineaux struggled to find his shot all night long. Through three quarters the team’s leading scorer only had two points, which came on driving layup where he turned his back to the rim, and without even looking, flipped the ball up and in off the backboard. He scored six points in the fourth quarter, but the outcome had long been decided. Trosin led the way with 10 points, while Bryant played a solid game with nine and Babineaux finished with eight. Playing in his final game, Folsom’s Ben Olpin finished with three points, as he scored Folsom’s first points of the game on a 3-pointer. Olpin finished the game in style too. With Folsom trailing 60-33 with 3:48 to play, Olpin manned up and drew a charging call, which showed the senior’s heart and character.