STOCKTON — The Enochs High boys basketball team saw its history-making season come to an end with a hailstorm of long-range shots by top-ranked Folsom.
The Bulldogs have suffered only one loss this season, and got to this point with a patient offense and a defense that forced turnovers all over the court. And they did it again against the Eagles in a 69-50 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal victory Tuesday night at UOP's Spanos Center.
Folsom (28-1) advances to a Thursday semifinal against Merced at 4 p.m. at Arco Arena. The season is over for Enochs (21-8).
The Eagles, playing their first season with seniors, shared the Modesto Metro Conference championship and were playing in their second postseason boys basketball game. It was the team's first trip to Spanos Center.
"We had a great season," Enochs coach Wayne McGhee said. "We got the maximum out of these kids."
There were no stars on Folsom's roster — although Patrick Akins scored a game-high 15 points — just good team players who moved the ball so well that almost every shot on offense was open. The Bulldogs also anticipated well; they were able to grab 15 offensive rebounds despite Enochs' superior height.
"Folsom did a great job," McGhee said. "That offense they ran ... it's a big reason they're ranked No. 1.
"And we just turned the ball over too much."
The Bulldogs scored the game's first seven points before the Eagles even took a shot. On defense, Folsom's players were rarely out of position and their patient offense generated all sorts of open looks.
Early in the second quarter, Folsom led by as much as 12 while the Eagles tried to generate a comeback behind Marcus Bell and Scott Robertson (they combined for 14 points in the first half). Bell led Enochs with 15 points.
The Eagles got to within five points before Folsom closed the half with a 5-0 run and a 37-27 lead.
But the third quarter — and the game — was all Folsom after that.
At game's end, the large Enochs student contingent cheered the Eagles for the last time.
"Our first time here, we made history," McGhee said. "I couldn't be prouder of them."
MERCED 76, BURBANK 72 — Allen Huddleston dazzled a mixed playoff crowd at the Spanos Center, scoring a game-high 37 points in the No. 5 Bears' victory over the No. 13 Titans. Brian Cooksey scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, finishing a rebound shy of a double-double, as Merced clinched its first appearance at Arco Arena in 12 years.
GOLDEN VALLEY 69, SHELDON 65 — John Sykes scored 26 points and his team made seven 3-pointers — all of which seemed to come at key moments — as the No. 3-seed Cougars held off the No. 6 Timberwolves.