By Tyler Schmidt
Mother Lode News correspondent
The Oak Ridge boys basketball team entered Friday’s game against Folsom on a high note after having knocked off Pleasant Grove Wednesday and breaking a four-game losing streak, but the high was erased with an 58-50 overtime loss to the Bulldogs.
The Trojans played the first half without their leading scorer Bryce Scott, who sat out due to an illness.
“Bryce was dealing with an illness and the decision was left up to him on whether he would play,” Oak Ridge coach Bob Christensen said. “He chose not to play, but at halftime he felt like he needed to be out there with his teammates so we both agreed he would suit up and play the second half. Playing without him though was a test for our team; we had to overcome adverse conditions.”
The score was tied at 20-all at halftime. Folsom came out firing in the third behind Justin Woody, who hit shot after shot, but Troy kept pace and only trailed by two heading into the fourth.
DJ Leszczynski drained a three-pointer from the dead center of the top of the key to open up the scoring for Oak Ridge in the final eight minutes, and from there the teams traded baskets back and forth.
After Woody’s trey put Folsom up by three points with just 20 seconds left to play, Scott dribbled down the floor looking for an opening. With time running out, he drove hard to the hole and muscled in a shot. Hacked by his defender, Scott drew a foul and converted the 3-point play to send the game into overtime.
Scott Sanchez scored first in the extra period with a hook shot but Folsom’s Tanner Trosin hit a big three to jump-start a Bulldog rally and with help from Woody the Bulldogs put the game away.
“Our confidence is low right now, that’s the way it is after a loss,” Christensen said. “The game of basketball is a lot like life —we need to be able to deal adversity.”
The Trojans, who dropped down to 16th in the Division I power ratings, have one game remaining Friday, Feb. 18, at home against rival Ponderosa.
Despite playing just a half, Scott led the Trojans with 11 points and Leszczynski bucketed eight.