Falcon boys escape Center with 49-46 win

Short-handed Colfax rallies in 4th quarter; now 20-5 on season
By: Gold Country News Service
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ANTELOPE – It was all hands on deck here Wednesday night for the Colfax High boys basketball team.

With starting forward Paul Ramseth sidelined for the contest with a leg injury and center Matt Larson leaving the game in the third period with yet another injury, the Falcons had to dig down deep here to escape with a 49-46 Pioneer Valley League win over Center’s Cougars.

Center, which had upended Placer a week ago and then lost to PVL leader Lincoln on a last second shot last Friday, led throughout the contest including 8-7 after one quarter, 20-17 at halftime and 34-32 at the end of three.

But Colfax, receiving strong minutes from its bench and big second half buckets from Taylor Dorsey and Will Buell, fought back and used a 17-12 fourth quarter points exchange as the difference in the game.

“We kept battling,” understated Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “We were dinged up but found a way to gut it out. It’s a big win for us down here especially because Center is playing very well right now.”

The win for the Falcons, now 20-5 overall, keeps Colfax in the thick of the PVL race at 6-2, one game behind Lincoln’s 7-1 record. The Zebras remained on top of the league heap Wednesday by holding off Foothill, 56-50, while Placer (5-3) went overtime to nudge past Bear River, 58-55.

Dorsey finished with 17 points for the Falcons with 15 coming in the second half. Buell, who had 12 points, meanwhile, hit a clutch basket in the game’s final 30 seconds with the shot clock running down that gave Colfax its final three-point margin.

O’Connell was also pleased with key play off the bench from Wade Lewis, Kevin Zachman, Michael Wilson and Cole Joyce.

“They all came in and gave us some good minutes,” said O’Connell. "We really needed it tonight."

Both Larson and Jordan Balser scored seven points each for the winners while Lewis chipped in with five. Colfax hosts Bear River Friday at 7 p.m.