SHINGLE SPRINGS — Cold shooting, nonexistent offensive rhythm and turnovers cost host Ponderosa High a chance to win its first Delta River League game Wednesday night in Shingle Springs. Folsom steadily built its lead in the second half to come out 57-42 winners.
An optimistic Bruins’ squad took to the court hoping to even the season series with the Bulldogs. The game’s early tempo suited Ponderosa (2-18, 0-8) which led 9-5 late in the opening quarter before Folsom pulled even. Things unraveled for the home team in the second quarter as turnovers put Folsom ahead 26-18 at the break despite a five-point flurry by Bruin Travis Fisher.
“I saw this as a winnable game. Watching video of the last time we played, we were within four (points) with a minute and a half left in the third (quarter) so we felt if we played well we had a chance to get into the win column. But, there’s no give-mes in this league,” Ponderosa coach Andy Beal said. “Even in the last four minutes (tonight) I felt we had an opportunity if we could string some things together but we never turned the corner.”
Compounding the Bruins’ problems were its inability to put the ball in the basket. A perimeter shooting team, Ponderosa made just 3-of-20 from beyond the arc; 13-of-43 from the floor overall and 13-of-25 from the foul line. The Bulldogs held the Bruins’ starting backcourt to only two points.
“It was a rough-shooting game for us,” said Ryan Miles, Ponderosa’s’ leading scorer of late. “We came out with a lack of intensity but brought it up throughout the game. We were playing our hardest and doing our best.”
Miles led again with 11 points while Trevor Hammitt contributed 10 off the bench. Folsom guard Justin Woody bucketed 13 to lead the ‘Dogs.
The visitors took their lead with the post game but utilized a smaller lineup at times in the second half. A quick score by Bruin Dom Campidonico opened the third quarter to get Ponderosa within six but Folsom reeled off the next nine points to lead by 15.
In the quarter, the Bruins made just 4-of-10 free throws to further hamper their comeback. Fisher did open the fourth with a pair from the line and Ponderosa inched within 11 after Hammitt’s 3-point play but seconds later the Bulldogs answered with one of their own.
“They had some transition opportunities where we didn’t get back and we also gave them some second-chance opportunities,” Beal said. “We also should have dealt with their press better but we didn’t execute and rushed some things.”
With both teams in the penalty, the bulk of the fourth quarter was spent at the free throw line. With time winding down, Miles hit a three, Nicco Bruks provided a spark with five late points and Cort Erickson’s buzzer-beater closed the evening.