After a tough loss to Pleasant Grove to open the Delta River League schedule, Oak Ridge’s varsity basketball squad fired on all cylinders in beating Folsom 46-29 at home Friday.
The Trojans led 22-4 at halftime, 15-4 after the first quarter.
“When we’re running our defense correctly, it’s a very difficult defense to score on. Even when we played Pleasant Grove, a team that averages 70 points a game, they only scored 37. When we play together, and everyone rotates correctly, it’s pretty tough,” Troy coach Steve Scott said.
Oak Ridge started hot, taking an 11-2 lead after a pair of Grant Dean layups. Brandon Williams scored on a put back, and Josh Simms drove past two Folsom defenders for a layup.
Dean scored all five of Oak Ridge’s second quarter points: a layup off an inbound pass, a pair of free throws and an open three-pointer. Dean led all scorers with 15 points, and Simms chipped in nine for the hosts.
When 6-foot, 7-inch Tyler Hatten swatted an attempt from Folsom and Dean took a hard charge late in the first half, the Trojan faithful went wild.
Hatten started out the third quarter with a layup, and after he picked a Folsom guard for the steal, Simms glided down the court en route to a layup. Folsom scored for the first time since late in the first quarter with a layin, but Hatten answered with another bucket to lead 31-8 going to the fourth.
Folsom found its rhythm and was able to get within 10 points but a Dean layup and a late bucket from Jalan Davis put the game out of reach.
“I thought we did a good job of hustling after the ball tonight and holding the baselines. We held them out of the post all night which forced them to take tougher shots,” said Hatten who transferred from Folsom to Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge (1-1 league, 11-8 overall) now faces a tough stretch of league play with Jesuit, Sheldon and Ponderosa coming up.
“All of the young players are quickly learning the different type of play that goes on in the Delta River League; how tough it is, how quick it is, how much more athletic it is. It’s a really tough league, but I’m really happy with how we’re playing. They’re adjusting, but there is a learning curve,” Scott said.