Dorsey comes up clutch for Colfax in 64-49 win over Placer boys

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Taylor Dorsey may not be the biggest kid on his team.

But the 5-foot-11 Colfax senior guard tends to come up huge when playing on the rival Hillmen’s court.

Dorsey made five 3-pointers and dropped 21 points to lead his Colfax Falcons to a 64-49 victory over the Placer boys Tuesday night at rowdy Earl Crabbe Gym in a Pioneer Valley League game.

“I do like this court,” said a smiling Dorsey, who drained 5 of 7 3-pointers on the night. “I had a good tournament in the Kendall (Arnett). My shot was on, so I’m happy.”

Colfax (15-4, 1-1) never trailed and led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, as Dorsey made three treys in the opening period.

Coming off a 58-53 loss in the PVL opener, the Falcons were hoping to bounce back to avoid an 0-2 start in league.

“The best way to get over a loss is a win,” Dorsey said, “that’s what our coach says.”

Isaiah Pineiro had a game-high 24 points for Placer (14-5, 1-1), which trailed 39-23 at halftime and made a late rally to come within 50-43 at the start of the final stanza.

Despite the margin of defeat, Placer coach Mark Lee was pleased with his team’s effort.

“Our kids played their tails off,” he said. “I was so proud of how hard they played. The ball just rolled their way constantly. We got deflections, they’d roll, kick off somebody, we’d touch it and it’d go right to them for two points. They lit it up in the first half. We dug ourselves a hole. They made shots and it was hard for us to come back.”

The Falcons also made more big plays than the Hillmen.

Colfax shot 6 of 10 on 3-pointers. Placer connected on just 1 of 7 from downtown.

The Falcons, behind 6-7 Will Buell and 6-6 Matt Larson, outrebounded the Hillmen 39-24. Buell had 18 points and pulled off a dunk on a fastbreak, while Larson added 13.

“You have to hand it to Colfax, they played very well,” Lee said. “Their big kids did a nice job on the glass.”

The fans of both teams, which nearly filled the stands at Earl Crabbe Gym, both exchanged banter throughout the contest. With a comfortable late lead, the students on the Colfax side cheered “This is our house!” even though they were in Auburn.

The Placer Gold Mine retaliated by reminding Colfax that the Hillmen won this year’s football showdown in October.  

The Falcons and Hillmen meet again on Friday, Feb. 1 in Colfax.

Colfax returns to the court Thursday when it travels to Center. The Hillmen host Bear River Thursday night. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

And now, it’s the Hillmen’s turn to try and bounce back.

“This league is very, very tough,” Colfax coach Mike O’Connell said. “Nobody is going to go undefeated. Foothill is a very good team and we lost at their place. People are going to beat each other up in this league.  We were fortunate to get a win here tonight on the road — that’s a big boost for us.”

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