Wednesday Feb 20 2013
Huskies no match for Falcons
No. 1 seed Colfax rolls into quarterfinals; hosts West Campus Friday
COLFAX – If there’s one certainty about the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoffs it’s that once the ball goes up in the postseason, the numbers don’t mean a thing.
It’s a single elimination tournament with no second chances.
With that in mind, the Colfax Falcons’ boys team went out Wednesday night and lived up to its No. 1 seed in Div. IV by running past Hughson’s outgunned Huskies, 75-50.
Buoyed by a 26-point second quarter, the Falcons built a 40-25 halftime lead and by the time the Falcons went up 54-28 midway through the third period, Colfax coach Mike O’Connell had his starters on the sidelines.
“It was a good first round win for us,” O’Connell said following the game. “We had a chance to get all our guys in and now we have to prepare for Friday. It should be a lot different type game.”
O’Connell was referring to Friday’s quarterfinal round matchup where his Falcons, now 23-5 on the season, will host West Campus of Sacramento (16-12) at 7 p.m. West Campus, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 9 Escalon 73-63 Wednesday.
“West is a good club,” O’Connell said. “They’re coming off a win over Capital Christian. They have good, balanced size and are athletic. It will be a challenge.”
On Wednesday, Colfax used its distinct height advantage to get off to a good start as 6-foot-7 Will Buell and 6-6 Matt Larson dominated play in the paint, where they combined to score 24 of the Falcons’ 40 first half markers.
Buell went on to finish as the high scorer for the game with 24 points, while Larson added 16, grabbed 12 rebounds and also handed out four assists.
“I think our size advantage inside tonight was a real plus for us,” Larson said. “Will and I work well together on high-low stuff. It’s good to be moving on but we’re expecting a very tough game Friday. We’re not overlooking anyone.”
Supporting Colfax’s one-two inside duo was 6-5 Wade Lewis, who came off the bench and delivered nine points and four blocked shots, as well as Jordan Balser (seven points), Devon Loomis (six points) and Dave Campbell (five points).
In addition, juniors Kevin Zachman and Michael Wilson stepped in and added four and three points respectively, Wilson’s coming on a second-quarter trey.
Friday’s Colfax-West Campus winner will move on to the Div. IV semifinals slated for next Wednesday at Tokay High in Lodi. A trip to the semifinals also guarantees a berth in the NorCal Regional Tournament.
Hughson, which finished the season at 11-14, was led in scoring by Jorge Ayala with 11 points and Cory Dalton and Devondre Stenardo with eight points each.