Defense lifts Trojans over Folsom 57-34

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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It was one if by steal, two if by block in the Folsom High gym Friday night. The unbeaten Oak Ridge Trojans (2-0 league, 17-0 overall) stepped in for their first Delta River League meeting and dropped the Bulldogs 57-34. Point guard Bryce Scott led a 16-7 final quarter with eight points in eight minutes and a game-high 17 points at the buzzer. Tyler Simms shot lights out from behind the three-point and his 15 points, all on threes. Halfway through the third the Trojans managed their first double-digit lead on a Simms three at 35-25, contributing to a 41-27 start to the fourth for coach Bob Christensen’s squad. “Every night in this league is a war, so I think the focus coming in was our defense,” said Christensen. “It really came down to making adjustments and improving our positioning and allowing just 34 points is the result of that.” Will Findlay continues to anchor Oak Ridge’s defensive prowess and saved no blocks from his new Delta River rival. Folsom is now 1-1 in league and 9-7 overall. Coach Frank Horwath said shooting jump shots is not what his team does best. “We need to be patient with our offense and make the defense work and attack the basket,” said Horwath. “When we settled down and got back into attacking the basket we had a significant team foul advantage. We stopped attacking the basket and we stopped being aggressive.” Through the first eight minutes the Bulldogs came back from a 12-4 deficit to end the first quarter down 16-14. As much as Folsom was able to scratch back in it, Simms hit a three early in the second and with Oak Ridge’s size on defense the Bulldogs got frenzied and slowed up their game. Junior point guard Justin Woody led his team’s scoring with nine points. Anthony Lee added eight and Drew Whitney had seven. Both teams have the weekend to prepare for league play next week with a break on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Oak Ridge takes on Rio Americano in the Common Good Classic at Antelope High on the end of a three-day weekend in preparation for Ponderosa (0-2 league, 2-11 overall) on Friday. The Bulldogs take on Center on Saturday and Franklin on MLK Day. Their next league game is at Sheldon (2-0 league, 11-6 overall) who put a beating on Ponderosa in their first league game 95-49.