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Top-ranked Jesuit rolls over Folsom, 67-44

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Sports Editor
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The Folsom boys’ basketball team is in the midst of the toughest stretch of its Delta River League schedule. Despite its first league win at Ponderosa on Wednesday, Folsom entered its tough three-game span at home against the top-ranked Jesuit on Friday night. The Marauders lived up to their nickname, stormed the Dog House and punished the Bulldogs in a lopsided 67-44 victory. From the opening tip, the game got ugly for the Bulldogs, as Jesuit scored the game’s first 12 points. Folsom didn’t score its first point until the 1:28 mark of the quarter and the Bulldogs found themselves down 17-5 after one. Three-pointers from Akachi Okugo, Parker Uu and Bryce Pressley in the second quarter extended the Marauder lead to 32-15 before halftime. “I feel like we came out with the mindset of ‘these guys are better than us,’ and you can’t play that way,” said Folsom coach Mike Wall. “We acted intimidated from the beginning, like we expected them to beat us. You don’t play with fluidity when you let you’re concept of who ‘they’ are affect the way you play.” The Jesuit lead climbed to 30 points midway through the third quarter. Okugo and Uu finished with 13-apiece as Pressley scored 14 for Jesuit. The lone bright spot for the Bulldogs was Edwin Olympio. The junior forward scored Folsom’s first 13 points and didn’t miss a shot attempt until the fourth quarter (9-for-10), where one of his three steals led to a foul-drawing dunk on a Jesuit defender on the other end, giving Folsom fans something to cheer about late in the game. “This was my best game since the beginning of the season and I hope I can keep playing that way,” said Olympio, who finished with game-highs of 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. “I knew it would be a tough game because (Jesuit’s) one of the best teams in the league. I just tried doing my job.” “Edwin was one of the best players in the gym tonight. He was phenomenal. This is by far his best performance,” said Wall. “He continues to make improvements and he was the only one that didn’t seem to have this aura about Jesuit tonight.”