Colfax wins consolation championship at Kendall Arnett Tournament

By: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
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The Colfax Falcons’ boys basketball team capped off a strong weekend at the Kendall Arnett by winning the tournament’s consolation trophy Saturday but by no means was it easy.

Having their hands full with a pesky Union Mine team that wouldn’t go away, the Falcons needed some prolific fourth quarter foul shooting to make the difference in a hard-fought 67-62 win over the Diamondbacks.

Now 13-3 on the season, Colfax’s Will Buell buried all eight of his fourth quarter charity shots and the Falcons were a keen 9 of 10 in the game’s final minute and a half to provide their margin of victory.

The game was a tale of night and day for the Falcons who led 17-2 late in the first quarter but went into the locker room at halftime trailing, 26-25, after Union Mine’s Alec Vaughn hit a buzzer-beating one-handed 35-footer.

Colfax then came back to start the third quarter with a sense of urgency and the end result was a 15-6 run keyed by baskets from Taylor Dorsey, Cole Joyce, Jordan Balser and Matt Larson.

The Falcons kept the lead the rest of the way including 43-40 at the end of three quarters but Union Mine using dribble-drive offensive antics fueled by Scott McIntyre (19 points) and Sam Fleury (15 points) four times trimmed the Colfax’s lead to two points in the final stanza.

But Buell’s two free tosses at the 14 second mark and another by Larson with five ticks left turned back the Union Mine comeback bid.

Buell, Colfax’s all-tourney selection, led all scorers with 20 markers while Larson added 13, Dorsey 12, Balser 10 and David Campbell with seven. Dorsey, with four treys, led Colfax’s 8 for 19 tally on three-point shots against Union Mine’s sagging zone defense.