SACRAMENTO– The bright lights of the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento were overshadowed by the shrill of officials’ whistles Wednesday night as the Colfax boys basketball team met Woodland to end the preseason basketball slate.
In a fundraising game for Colfax and Woodland that was played on the same hardwood used by the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the Falcons overcame a bevy of foul trouble and used a late old-fashioned 3-point play from Alex Weir to stave off the Wolves 53-52.
“It was tough to get comfortable the way the game was being called but I thought we hung in there pretty good,” said Colfax coach Terry O’Keefe, whose team improved to 6-8. The Falcons will open Pioneer Valley League play Tuesday hosting Marysville.
For Colfax, which didn’t receive the use of the majority of its returning players until mid-December because of a late football season, the win was a small step in the right direction as the Falcons have won three straight games and four of their last five.
“We have some much needed practice time ahead of us now until next week and that’s always good,” said O’Keefe. “The kids are handling things fine.”
A total of 41 fouls were whistled in the game, including 23 against Colfax, which along the way fouled out Max Wolff, Michael La Vigne and Dakota Campos. However, the Wolves didn’t capitalize on the Falcons’ miscues as Woodland finished the game just 16-of-25 from the foul line.
Colfax led throughout the contest, including 14-12 after a quarter and 22-19 at halftime. In the third stanza, behind Wolff and treys from Weir and Jake Green, Colfax built a 12-point margin before settling on a 37-29 lead after three periods.
But with the Wolves slowly making a parade to the foul stripe and Falcons starters exiting, Woodland fought back and knotted the count at 50-50 before Weir converted his key 3-point play for what proved to be the winning points with 14 seconds to play.
Wolff led the Falcons with 20 points while Green followed with 16, including 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Weir and La Vigne added six each while Campos scored three and Daniel Bliss a pair. Woodland (5-10) was led by Carson Butterfield’s 16 points and 12 from Austin Kennedy.
Colfax JVs 47, Woodland 27
Benton Stocks connected on five triples and finished with 21 points to lead the Colfax JVs past Woodland. Caden Tomlin added seven points and Justin Schubert and Nate Searcy added six apiece for the winners.