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Colfax inches closer to title

Falcons seeking first Kendall title after holding off Del Campo in semis
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Colfax High boys have dominated Pioneer Valley League basketball and been a power in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV ranks for much of the past decade. The Kendall Arnett Tournament title has eluded even the most talented Colfax teams. The 2010-11 squad could change all that today. Coach Mike O’Connell insists there was no talk about Colfax High’s long title drought at the Kendall Arnett Tournament earlier this week. After another thrilling victory Wednesday night, Earl Crabbe Gym was buzzing as Falcon supporters high-fived and talked about how this could be Colfax’s year. The Falcons edged Del Campo 59-56 as senior Chase Mosier scored 27 points and got plenty of help from a deep supporting cast in the win. The Falcons will face San Juan, which beat Mira Loma in overtime in Wednesday’s late game. “We talked about it after the game and tomorrow’s going to be a huge game,” Colfax senior Austin Brown said of what some in Colfax have called the Kendall Curse. “San Juan and Mira Loma are both great teams, so whoever we play, we’re going to have to play our best.” Del Campo brought the best out of Colfax in the semifinal. The Cougars trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but stormed back to tie the game at 52 midway through the fourth quarter. The Falcons finished off Del Campo with a tough defense that held the Cougars to just one field goal the rest of the game. Meanwhile Elliot Forsman scored two big buckets and Austin Oberg finished on a nifty baseline drive for the game’s final points. The Cougars had a good look from 3-point land in the closing seconds, but couldn’t convert and the clock ran out. Colfax was efficient on offense as Mosier led the way. The 6-3 wing exploded for 16 points in the first quarter — all of the Falcons’ points. He had 19 at the half before Del Campo’s defense tightened up on him later in the game. Ben Buell was tough inside for the Falcons, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tommy Baldoni had a big night off the bench with eight points and Oberg finished with eight. despite foul trouble that kept him on the bench for much of the second half. “We had to go pretty deep on the bench because of our foul trouble, but everyone who came in did a great job,” O’Connell said. “They’re all playing their roles and that’s been the big key for us.”