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Trojans handle Bulldogs, 46-29

By: by Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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A late fourth quarter charge from the Folsom Bulldogs didn’t stray the Oak Ridge varsity boys’ basketball team from holding onto its first Delta River League victory of the season. The Trojans sustained the Bulldogs’ late run and went on to win 46-29 on Friday night at home.

For three quarters, Folsom struggled to pound the ball inside against Oak Ridge’s 2-3 halfcourt zone. The Trojans held Folsom to just eight points over the first three quarters of the game, including a second quarter shutout as the Bulldogs failed to score a single point in the period.

“Our defense has been good all year. I’m not surprised that we held them,” said Oak Ridge coach Steve Scott. “(Folsom) had a bad shooting night. If they had made a couple more of those shots, it maybe a different deal.”

The Trojans held Folsom without a field goal for over 16 minutes between the first and third quarters. Folsom managed only 1-of-17 shot attempts in the first half. Folsom coach Mike Wall said that the cold-shooting made it tough for the Bulldogs’ transition game.

“We wanted the game to be a full-court game. If you never make a shot, you can’t pick up the defense full court,” he said.

After Oak Ridge built up a 25-point cushion with seven minutes left in the fourth, Folsom began knocking down shots and made an 18-5 run over the next five minutes. The Bulldogs chipped the deficit down to just 10 points before Oak Ridge began pulling away for good.

The Folsom starting five came alive in the fourth. After collectively shooting just 1-19 over the first three quarters, they went 6-11 in the fourth, including three 3-pointers between Jordan Ford and Zach Wolking. It was just too little, too late for the Bulldogs.

Grant Dean led all players with 16 points off the bench for Oak Ridge (1-1 DRL, 11-8 overall) and Folsom senior transfer Tyler Hatten scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds in his first game against his former mates.

The Trojans have two tough road games next week at Jesuit and Sheldon.

“We have to try to sneak a win. When you play good defense, anything can happen,” said Scott. “When you can stop teams and when you’re willing to take offensive fouls and rebound, you can do some stuff. I just hope between now and then, we can shoot the ball a little better.”

The Bulldogs (0-2 DRL, 9-10 overall) head back to the drawing board before hosting Pleasant Grove and Ponderosa. Wall simply wants his team to “play more fundamental basketball.”