Despite a solid first-half that saw the Falcons take a double-digit lead into the locker room, the Folsom Lake men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to Big 8 Conference leader Delta College on Tuesday night at Falcon Gym, 76-75.
The Mustangs (12-5 overall, 4-1 in Big 8) used a suffocating defense to limit the Falcons to 28 second-half points and took their first lead of the game with just over five minutes left. Trailing by six with just 1:36 to play, the Falcons nearly got the win when Will Fitzpatrick nailed a three pointer, then followed that with a two-pointer. Down by one, the Falcons made a defensive stop and got the ball with 10 seconds to play. After a couple timeouts, Fitzpatrick’s buzzer-beater three was just off the mark as the Mustangs breathed a huge sigh of relief. Point guard Matt Lyon led the Falcons with 19 points, while 6’8” freshman Gavyn Kamminga had his best game as a Falcon, scoring 14. Fitzpatrick finished with 16 points and sophomore Zethan Dumpson tallied 14.
The Falcons (6-10 overall, 1-3 in Big 8) will play their next two games on the road, with Friday night’s contest at Sac City (11-6, 3-2) and next Tuesday’s game at Modesto (4-12, 0-4).
Playing their second of three consecutive games against teams ranked in the top-10 in California, the FLC women’s basketball team fell to Big 8 Conference co-leader Delta College on Tuesday night, 69-49. In a game that was eerily similar to last week’s loss to undefeated Diablo Valley, the Falcons gave the Mustangs all they could handle in the first half before gradually losing momentum and energy as the faster and taller visitors pulled away to victory. Freshman guard Shay Boley showed no fear as she slashed her way to 20 points, while freshman forward Maisey Bruno had a strong second half and scored nine points.
The Falcons’ opponent on Friday night – Sac City (13-5, 3-1) – will present similar challenges, but head coach Ali Mollet continues to push her team to get better.