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Vista defeats Folsom, 44-34

By: Matt Long
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The first varsity boys’ basketball game between Folsom High and Vista del Lago was played before raucous student crowds for both schools. The students had some clever chants throughout the game, but it was Vista del Lago’s student body that was chanting “this one’s over” at the end of Friday’s game. The Eagles defeated Folsom 44-34 to advance to Saturday’s championship game of the Bulldog Invitational, where they will face the Center/Lincoln of Stockton winner at 5:30 p.m. Folsom will face the loser at 4 p.m. Vista led 29-27 after three quarters but held Folsom to only six points in the final eight minutes of the game and pulled away for the 11-point win. In fact, the Eagles went on an 11-0 run during a five minute stretch of the fourth quarter that was the difference in the game. Andrew Nagel tied the game at 31 with 7:06 to play, but Folsom didn’t score again until Tyler Trosin hit a pair of free throws with 2:04 to play. Folsom was plagued by either missed shots or turnovers, some of which turned into fastbreak layups for the Eagles, including a pair by Hayden Lescault and driving layups by Quay Wiley and Spencer Hatten that sealed the deal. “We were fortunate to win with the way we shot free throws,” Vista coach Jeff Bridges said. “We struggled against their zone early, but we moved Hayden to the baseline in the second half and Quay made some nice plays too. Hayden stepped up and he and other guys made some big plays.” Lescault, a senior, attended Folsom High as a freshman and enjoyed the first game against Folsom. “It was definitely an experience with the crowd,” Lescault said. “It was fun.” Both student bodies had some good chants, including Folsom High fans chanting “section title,” referring to Folsom’s back-to-back basketball championships, while Vista fans fired back with chants of “Del Oro”, referring to Folsom’s loss to the Eagles last Friday in the Div. II football semifinals, and a chant of “this is our town.” “It was a great atmosphere,” Folsom’s Kori Babineaux said, who led the Bulldogs with 12 points. “I love playing in games like that, but I wished we would have pulled it out. We just made dumb turnovers in the fourth quarter that led to easy baskets for them.” Lescault led all scorers with 19 points, 12 coming in the second half. Marques White, Demarcus Wishom and Spencer Hatten all scored six. Andrew Nagel followed Babineaux for the Bulldogs with six points, while Tyler Trosin added five. “They went to a 1-2-2 zone and our kids just spaced out,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “Our defense was unbelievable early and kept us in the game, but we made 22 turnovers and that’s way too many and most came on bad decisions.”