Falcons push past Foothill; Bear River loses to Lincoln

Colfax Improves to 18-5, 4-2 in PVL play
By: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
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The Pioneer Valley League boys basketball chase — rapidly turning into a "What have you done for me lately?" type battle royal — took another wild turn Wednesday night in Colfax.
Surviving a 27-point scoring barrage by talented Foothill senior guard Anthony Williams, the Colfax Falcons parlayed a 26-point scoring spree of their own by Will Buell with a solid performance from their bench to remain in the thick of the PVL race by notching a 64-55 win over the visiting Mustangs.
Colfax, now 18-5 overall on the season, moved into a second place tie with Placer, both at 4-2 in the PVL race, each one game behind league-leading Lincoln's 5-1 mark. 
"I thought overall we did a good job tonight,” said Colfax coach Mike O'Connell. "Foothill puts a lot of pressure on you the whole game and I thought we responded to it well."
Colfax, which hosts Placer Friday in a key PVL matchup, led 19-17 after a low scoring first half.
But in the second half, the Falcons and Mustangs picked up the tempo with Buell and Willams fueling each team's charge. Williams, hitting on an array of deep treys and swirling drives, kept the Mustangs in the game until Colfax used a key basket by Dave Campbell, a driving three-point play from Taylor Dorsey and a trey from the corner by Buell that boosted Colfax into a 53-46 lead with four minutes to play.
From there the Falcons were able to keep the Mustangs at bay as Jordan Balser's two free tosses and six points down the stretch from Matt Larson kept the Mustangs comeback hopes in check.
Following Buell in the scoring column were Larson with 17, Balser with nine, Dorsey with six and Paul Ramseth with five. In addition, O'Connell was pleased with minutes the Falcons received from Campbell, Cole Joyce and Michael Wilson, all who teamed to hold Foothill's No. 2 scorer Doug James to just eight points.
In the JV game, league-leading Foothill posted a 55-42 win.
Lincoln 57, Bear River 49  —  Nick Bachus had 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Bruins, who fell to 13-9, 1-5 on Wednesday. Andrew Harris and Travis Anderson both added nine points for the Bruins, who play at Foothill Friday at 7 p.m. Justin Beskeen was held to just four first-quarter points as he got into foul trouble early and eventually fouled out. Bear River forced a tie with 2:13 to go before the Zebras pulled away late.