Fast-starting Falcons drub Center, 58-39

Buell pours in 27 points to help Colfax improve to 16-4
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX – Quick starts are starting to become the norm for the Colfax High boys basketball team.

Two days after blistering Placer with a break-neck start, the Falcons did it again here Thursday night. Hitting seven of their first eight shots from the field and racing out of the starting blocks to a 14-0 lead, Colfax picked up its second straight Pioneer Valley League win by drubbing visiting Center, 58-39.

Fueled by Will Buell’s 17 first half points, the Falcons built a 36-18 lead by intermission and never looked back in improving their overall season record to 16-4.

The Falcons, not bothered by Center’s inside length in the form of  6-9 Isaiah Jones and 6-10 Donald Mims, moved the ball well against the Cougars’ defense with a lot of high low looks between Buell and Matt Larson doing the majority of the damage.

“Our ball movement was very good tonight,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “We got off to a good start, got settled in and for the most part played well against a dangerous team.”

Buell finished with a game high 27 points but had help from Larson who added 15 more points along with grabbing 10 rebounds. Also supplying steady efforts in the win were Dave Campbell, Michael Wilson, Taylor Dorsey, Jordan Balser and Paul Ramseth.

Jones led Center with 10 points while Mims added eight and freshman point guard Isaiah Tenette seven.

The win, coupled with Lincoln’s 60-51 win over Foothill and Placer’s 64-44 victory over Bear River, leaves the Falcons (2-1) in a three-way logjam in second place with the Mustangs and Hillmen, all three behind league leading Lincoln’s 3-0 mark.

Center took a 46-44 win in the JV game and also eked out a 35-31 victory in frosh action.