After two quarters of evenly matched play in Friday night’s Delta River League boys basketball game, host Oak Ridge took control on both ends of the floor in the second half to stomp the Folsom Bulldogs 55-43.
“Our defense really stepped up in the second half and that was vital against a good team like (Folsom),” said Bryce Scott, who had 18 points.
Each team came out fairly pedestrian and played to a meager 11-14 score at the end of one quarter, favoring Folsom.
Oak Ridge’s Matt Howard started the second with a powerful layup after Scott Sanchez pick-pocketed a Bulldog to bring the deficit to one. The two teams continued to trade baskets and went to the locker rooms with Folsom leading, 26-22.
“I think we weren’t getting great looks in the first half. We weren’t creating our own shots,” Troy coach Steve Scott said.
Oak Ridge took control in the third quarter. Sanchez, who led all players with 20 points, put through a layup, followed by a 3-point play before Josh Simms diced through three Bulldog defenders and scored as Oak Ridge took its first lead since the opening quarter.
Folsom had more left in its tank as Drew Whitney knocked down a three-pointer to tie it up and a Justin Woody long-range three as the shot clock expired gave Folsom a 32-30 lead. Whitney followed it up with a free throw but that was the last lead Folsom held as Bryce Scott, shut down for the majority of the game, put through consecutive treys and after Sanchez scored, Scott stole the ball and went in for the layup. Sanchez scored again as the Trojans took a 42-33 advantage to the fourth.
“We moved the ball really well, and were able to knock down some shots,” coach Scott said.
Oak Ridge overwhelmed Folsom in the fourth quarter and iced the game after Bryan Bare elevated to tip in a Scott miss to get Oak Ridge to the 50-point mark. From there, Troy cruised to the win.
The JV team lost to the Bulldogs, 40-54, and the freshman won 63-59.
Oak Ridge plays at No. 1 Sheldon this Wednesday and No. 2 Jesuit on Friday. The Trojans own a win over the Huskies but lost to the Marauders.
“This was a great win, but we got a hell of a week ahead of us,” coach Scott said.