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Falcons Top Placer, 50-46; Eye Playoffs

Witt's Late Free Throws Sends Pucci Out A Winner In Final Home Game
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Servces
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COLFAX – Justin Witt sank two free throws with 4.3 seconds left to put the final touches on Colfax High’s 50-46 Pioneer Valley league boys basketball win over Placer here Friday night. Playing before a full-house at Colfax’s Falcon gym in longtime retiring Falcon coach Ron Pucci’s last home game, Witt stepped to the line in a double bonus situation and the Falcons clinging to a 48-46 lead. Witt, who was perfect 4 for 4 from the line in the final stanza, calmly meshed both charity shots to ice the contest. On the evening, Colfax was 15 for 19 from the foul stripe to just 3 of 6 by the Hillmen. Witt’s final two free throws capped a fourth quarter rally in which the Falcons, who had led by as many as five early in the quarter, trailed 40-39 with just under five minutes to play after Placer’s Michael Jensen had converted a trio of early fourth quarter treys. However, senior Colfax guard Jeff Divine hit a driving lay-in and bagged a 15-foot jumper to give the Falcons a lead which they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Divine and 6-8 senior pivot Ethan Guiles both tallied 13 points apiece to lead Colfax. Witt followed with 10 points while sophomore Austin Oberg added six and Kyle Greer and Joey Jergo scored four each. Placer was led by Josh Klem’s 14 points, 12 by Jensen, 10 by Jeff Patton and eight from Matt Ross. Colfax, 17-10 overall and 7-5 in the PVL on the season, will open the Div. IV playoffs Wednesday with an away game. The Falcons are expected to be the No. 11 seed when the playoff pairings are announced by the CIF on Sunday. Placer ended its season at 10-17 overall and 4-8 in the PVL. Colfax JVs Win Title – Trailing 27-17 at halftime, the Colfax JVs outscored Placer 21-4 in a tell-tale third quarter to get on their way to a 55-48 win and cinch the outright Pioneer Valley League championship. Colfax, 20-6 overall and 10-2 in the PVL, followed eight points from Chase Mosier, six from Ben Buell and five by Elliott Forsman in its big third canto rally. Forsman finished with 17 points to lead Colfax while Buell and Mosier both added 15 each. Tom Baldoni followed with six points and Austin Brown added a pair. Placer, which entered the game needing a win over Colfax to force a co-title with the Falcons, was led by Darren Centi with 20 points and Josh Turney with 13.