Falcons sizzle against Sutter on ‘Retro Night’ at Colfax High

By: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
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What a difference 72 hours can make.
Coming off their lowest scoring output in recent memory last Saturday afternoon when coach Mike O’Connell said “we couldn’t have thrown the ball in the Pacific Ocean”, the Colfax Falcons’ boys basketball team sizzled at home Tuesday night.
Hitting on 13 of their first 16 attempts from the floor and dominating the boards on the defensive end, the Falcons rebounded from an embarrassing loss suffered at the hands of Central Coast Section power Palma last weekend by taking their frustrations out on visiting Sutter.
Playing in the school’s old gym as part of a “Retro Night” honoring former Colfax girls basketball coach Jim Ryan, the Falcons scored 25 first-quarter points on their way to a 75-31 dismantling of the Huskies.
Therein lies a story in itself.
In Saturday’s 40-plus point loss to Palma at the Breaker Classic in Pacific Grove, the Falcons ran into a 36-point scoring spree by UCLA-bound  6-foot-6 guard Noah Allen. However, on Tuesday, Sutter, playing with five players just three days removed from playing in a CIF Northern California regional bowl football game, was visibly a step slow in trying to keep up with the Falcons.
“Nothing against Sutter but the caliber of defense being played on us tonight was a little different than last weekend,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “Sutter just got their football players back and you could see they were a little rusty.”
Will Buell led the Falcons in scoring with 18 points, 10 of which came in the opening quarter. In the second period, Dave Campbell, Jordan Balser and Taylor Dorsey provided the spark that saw the Falcons lead 42-14 at one point in the stanza.
O’Connell cleared his bench in the second half as the Falcons extended their margin to 55-17 midway through the third quarter. Playing well in the final two quarters were a host of Falcons including Kevin Zachman, Wade Lewis, Trevor Cobabe, Chris Harshman and Michael Wilson.
“We had a lot of energy tonight,” said O’Connell, whose team improved to 6-2 on the season. “We needed it to get ready for Thursday night.” 
O’Connell was referring to Colfax’s 7 p.m. matchup Thursday in the first round of the Davis Tournament with the host Blue Devils. Davis, running the up-tempo “Grinnell System,” is averaging 93 points a game and has broken the century barrier four times already this season. In a recent game against Natomas, the Blue Devils had 103 points at the end of three quarters.
“They like to get it and go and put up threes,” the Colfax coach said. “It will be an interesting game.” 
Colfax JVs 44, Sutter 30 – Ryan Hallman scored 18 points to lead the Falcons’ win. John Kirwan added eight and Patrick Beninga six for Colfax, which opens play Friday in the Forest Lake JV Tournament.