Bulldogs upend Trojans in OT, 58-50

By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its biggest win of the season on Friday night at Oak Ridge at the expense of the Trojans, a team that might have lost its biggest game of the season. Coming off a win over Ponderosa on Wednesday, Folsom played one of its best games of the season to improve to 4-5 in league and 12-13 overall. Folsom High’s coaches felt the win secured a berth in the Division II playoffs, which made the win even bigger. For Oak Ridge, (4-5 in league, 20-5 overall) the loss put a big hit on their hopes for a playoff berth in the Division I bracket. Oak Ridge coach Bob Christensen felt his team still has a chance, but needs a win in the regular season finale next Friday at home against rival Ponderosa. Folsom led by three points with 30 seconds to play following a transition layup by Justin Woody, courtesy of a long baseball pass from Travis Perkins. Bryce Scott tied the score at 42 with 18 seconds remaining with a driving layup and ensuing free throw after being fouled by Tanner Trosin. Folsom had a last-second shot by Woody which didn’t come close to going in and the game went to overtime. Oak Ridge took a 44-42 lead in overtime after a bucket by Will Findlay, but Folsom scored the next six points to go up 48-44. Rich Olpin scored all six points in lifting his team, moments before fouling out, the third Folsom starter to foul out following Josh Fisher and Trosin. Two free throws by Scott Sanchez cut Folsom’s lead to 48-46 with 1:09 to play and the game was nothing but a free throw contest the rest of the way. Travis Perkins followed with a pair of free throws and Drew Whitney and Woody both hit one free throw to put Folsom up 52-46 with 34 seconds to play. Sanchez followed with two foul shots of his own, but Whitney knocked down two more free throws followed by a pair from Scott. Woody and Perkins finished off the scoring as both drained two free throws. Olpin led Folsom with 18 points, while Woody scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Whitney finished with 12. “I’ve wanted to beat Oak Ridge my entire career and to beat them on their home court made it even better,” Olpin said. “This might have been the first time that I’ve beaten them. The key to the win was that we executed on offense and played every possession on defense like it was the last play of the game.” “The win felt great,” Folsom coach Frank Horwath said. “It was absolutely our biggest win of the year. The kids bought into the game plan and executed the offense. We played good defense, rebounded and made our free throws. It’s nice to win games the way we want to win them.” For Oak Ridge, it was a disappointing loss after a big win over Pleasant Grove two days earlier. “We’re disappointed,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Christensen said. “What can we say, we shot 30 percent and we lost. It’s the third time we’ve played them and it’s hard to beat a team three times.” Despite sitting out the first half sick, Bryce Scott led Oak Ridge with 11 points. Will Findlay added 10 points, while Scott Sanchez scored nine and DJ Leszczynski finished with eight.