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Trojans down Folsom for first league win

Trojans down Folsom for first league win
By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Two nights after taking highly-ranked Pleasant Grove into overtime, the Oak Ridge boys’ basketball team rebounded with their first Delta River League victory of the season over Folsom, 52-37. A slow-scoring first quarter ended when Bryce Bastian stole the ball from a Folsom guard at the top of the key, led the break and dumped it off to Bryce Scott, who nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to knot the game at nine. Oak Ridge quickly jumped on Folsom in the second, as they went on a 9-0 run that expanded their lead to 18-12. A separate 8-2 run spanned nearly the final four minutes of the half before Folsom’s Justin Woody found Edwin Olympio for a contested, bank-shot three, which brought the Bulldogs back within single digits. The second half belonged to Oak Ridge, as they controlled the ball and the clock while unlocking Folsom’s zone defense. “We’d never run the kind of offense we ran tonight against a zone defense. It was kind of a trial-by-error thing but we got the ball to the open guys and got some easy baskets,” said Oak Ridge coach Steve Scott. “The kids are playing well right now. They’re confident and things are starting to come together.” Scott led the Trojans in scoring with 23 points, five boards and five assists. Scott Sanchez chipped in 11 points and Matt Howard had seven to go along with four rebounds. Down double-digits for most of the second half, Folsom relied on the outside shot to try and rally. The Bulldogs could only hit 6-of-20 from downtown. Drew Whitney hit a pair from outside while leading Folsom with 12 points. “We did not execute our offense at all. We went away from our normal defensive plan and I’ll take the hit on that one,” said Bulldog coach Mike Wall. “I was really pleased with how we competed against Sheldon. Tonight, I can’t think of a stretch where we played well. It was like we were a completely different team. I have a hard time explaining it.” Heading into a tough second week in league, both coaches understand the quality of their upcoming Delta River League opponents. “(These league games) are all big. We have to figure out a way to get some wins if we’re going to get into the playoffs,” said Wall, whose Bulldogs (10-9, 0-2 DRL) will face Pleasant Grove on Friday at home — a team that upended the Trojans in overtime on Wednesday. “The league’s unreal. Every team is good in this league,” Scott concurred. “Every game is so challenging so it’s like a playoff game every night. I just hope we can win enough games in league to get to the playoffs. It’s fun to be a part of.” Oak Ridge (11-7, 1-1 DRL) will play Del Oro Saturday night in the Common Good Classic at Antelope High before continuing league play against Jesuit at home on Friday.