No post Arnett tourney blues for Falcons
COLFAX - If Colfax High boys basketball coach Mike O’Connell was looking for a high-level effort from his team to carry over to the opening of Pioneer Valley League play next week, he got one here Friday night.
Playing their first home game of the season in Falcon Gym after 15 of their first 17 games were played on the road, the Falcons showed no post Kendall Arnett tournament blues in racing past outgunned Whitney, 72-47.
Now 14-3 on the season, the Falcons jumped out to an 11-0 lead to open the game, led 36-18 by halftime and then increased their margin to 55-29 at the end of three stanzas before coasting home.
“It was nice to finally get back in this gym and play a game,” said O’Connell following the win. “It seems like we’ve been on the road for a month.”
Other than a “Retro Night” game in the school’s small gym back on Dec. 4th, the Falcons were literally on the road for a month. And with four of the Falcons’ first five PVL games set to be played away from home starting with next Thursday’s opener at Foothill, O’Connell thinks his squad is battle tested.
“Our league is going to be a real dog fight this season,” said O’Connell. “Who ever can take care of business on the road should be right in there at the end.”
The Falcons showed Friday that they have several different avenues of offensive punch when Colfax put Whitney into an early deep hole they couldn’t dig out of.
Senior forward Will Buell, playing only the first three quarters, connected on nine of 12 shots from the floor to highlight a game-high 20-point scoring night.
Also getting into the offensive act for the Falcons were Taylor Dorsey who netted a couple of early treys on his way to finishing with 10 points, post Matt Larson who followed with eight markers and Devon Loomis and Wade Lewis who supplied energy off the bench with six points each.
With a big second half lead, O’Connell changed up on his playing rotations and juniors Cole Joyce and Chris Harshman teamed with senior Trevor Cobabe to keep Colfax’s attack running smoothly.
“It was nice to get everyone in tonight,” said O’Connell who saw 12 different Falcons find the scoring column. “Everyone hustled and did a good job.”
Whitney, which fell to 3-13 on the season, was led by Nolan Eger and Matt Gruber, both with 17 points apiece.
Whitney JVs 58 Colfax 47 – The visiting Wildcats used a late push to get past the Falcons (10-6). Colfax was led by Jake Breeler’s 17 points, nine apiece from Cameron Howes and Alex Tobiasz and eight by John Kirwan.