Late banked trey dooms Colfax boys in 63-53 loss to SoquelBy: Gold Country News Service
SOQUEL- For three and a half quarters here Wednesday night in its CIF Northern California Div. IV Regional game, the Colfax High boys basketball team battled toe-to-toe with Central Coast Section power Soquel, a team that took nationally-ranked Archbishop Mitty to a two-point game a week ago in the CCS Open Division playoffs.
But trailing just 52-49 with 2:20 left in the contest, the Falcons never recovered from a back-breaking, banked 27-foot three-pointer by Soquel's Cody Valcarcel that sealed the Falcons' fate in an eventual 63-53 setback to the fourth-seeded Knights.
"I think the home-court advantage went a little too far with that shot," said Colfax coach Mike O'Connell following the game. "That was a shot we didn't recover from."
The Falcons, the No. 14 seed, led 28-25 at halftime after holding the Knights to just four second-quarter points. But in the second half, the Knights caught fire behind Valcarcel, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, who tallied 18 of his game-high 22 points over the last two quarters. Four of Valcarcel's second half baskets were treys including the key kiss off the glass from downtown.
"They have five guys who can handle and shoot it," O'Connell said. "They're going to go a ways in the regional."
Colfax followed 17 points from Will Buell, 15 from Jordan Balser and nine from Matt Larson as their leaders on offense. Both Taylor Dorsey and Michael Wilson chipped in with six points each.
"We battled every possession tonight but the kids have done that all season long," O'Connell said of his squad that finished 24-7 on the season. "I'm kind of sad to see the season end because this team has been a pleasure to coach."
Soquel, 23-7 on the year, now advances Saturday to host Orland, the No. 12 seed, which went on the road and upended Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV champion Summerville, 67-62. The Knights, who hit for 31 treys in their three CCS tournament games, were 8 for 22 from three-point range in Wednesday's game. Soquel's last seven points in the game came from the foul stripe.