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Falcons' size advantage, defense helps Colfax rout Bear River, 60-28
By: Mike Ray, Staff Writer
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COLFAX – Capitalizing on their decided size advantage down low, the Colfax High boys basketball team made it two straight wins in Pioneer Valley League play here Tuesday night.

Led by the all-around antics in the paint of Garren O’Keefe, Max Wolff and Nate Sawi, Colfax flexed its inside scoring prowess by muscling past Bear River’s out-manned Bruins, 60-28.

With the trio of O’Keefe, Wolff and Sawi combing for 15 of Colfax’s 16 second quarter points, the Falcons, who were ahead 13-2 after a quarter, extended their margin to 29-12 at halftime and never looked back in coasting to the win.

“I thought we did a good job of getting the ball inside Bear River’s zone tonight,” said Colfax coach Terry O’Keefe. “We had some nice interior passing that ended up working out well.”

Garren O’Keefe finished with a game high 17 points and was followed in the scoring column by Wolff who netted 12. Mason Ahrens played a good floor game from his guard position and added 10 more big points along with coming up with four steals.

Also scoring for the Falcons in the win were Sawi with six points, Vic Edwards with five, Anthony Lundberg and Ryland Heimann with three points each and Christian Evensen and Jake Green with two points apiece.

Bear River, which was outscored 19-3 in the third quarter, struggled generating offense  all evening long. The Bruins were led in scoring by sophomore Justin Powell with six points and Calder Kunde and Brad Smith with four points each.

Colfax (13-6, 2-0) will now face undefeated Lincoln (16-3, 2-0) Thursday in Lincoln starting at 7 p.m.

In other PVL:action from Tuesday,  visiting Foothill received a 38-point scoring spree from William Goebel in registering an 87-72 win over Center. The Mustangs are now 1-1 in PVL games while Center, which is playing without the services off all-PVL guard T.J. Caldwell who is out with a knee injury, slips to 0-2.

Colfax JVs 44 Bear River 39 – Sam Sinor tallied 19 points, Mike LaVigne added 11 and Max Koenig sank nine as the Falcon JVs squeezed out the PVL victory. 

Sacramento Waldorf 65  Foresthill 44 -  In a road match-up featuring a pair of undefeated Central Valley California League, Foresthill’s boys basketball squad came up short in the first half and never recovered in falling to the Waves.

"We gave up a lot of easy points and it hurt us tonight," said Foresthill coach James Kuykendall. "We struggled to score too."

Foresthill, which slips to 2-1 in CVCL play and 9-10 overall, was led by Justin Leyba's 10 points and four assists. Skyler Tuttle followed with nine points while Mitch Henry added seven. Randy Davis led rebounders with 10.

The Wildfires will host Forest Lake Christian on Friday at 7:30 p.m.