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Boys basketball: Colfax shuts down Davis, earns impressive win on road

By: Gold Country News Service And Journal sports staff
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The Colfax Falcons’ boys team showed Thursday night at Davis that there’s still room in prep basketball for sound fundamentals.
Holding host Davis to more than 30 points under its season scoring average, the Falcons picked up their biggest win of the young season by downing the host Blue Devils, 74-61, in the first round of Davis’ Les Curry Invitational tournament.
“I thought we did an excellent job of defending their 3-point game,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “We took away the three but also were able to control the boards, too. It was a big win for us.”
Davis, 5-2 entering the game by running the up-tempo “Grinnell System” which is based on a barrage of 3-point shots, full-court pressing and mass substitutions, entered Thursday’s contest averaging 92 points an outing.
But with Colfax’s defense dictating the tempo, the Falcons broke loose from an 18-16 lead after a quarter to build a 43-32 lead by halftime before extending the margin to 64-46 at the end of three quarters. The 61 points scored by Davis equaled their lowest point total over the last two seasons.
“We played well in the open court,” O’Connell said. “We handled their press and that opened up a lot of opportunities for us.”   
Will Buell fueled Colfax’s win by pouring in 31 points, 20 of which came in the first half. He was followed by Matt Larson, who added 18 and Jordan Balser, who netted 17. Dave Campbell also played well coming off the bench and contributing five assists.
Colfax, now 7-2 on the season, will play Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the winner’s bracket game against either Christian Brothers or Valley.    
 
Kennedy 60, Placer 58 — The Hillmen tied the score with two seconds to go, but committed a foul on a 3-point shot giving Kennedy three attempts at the line before the final buzzer and the Cougars made 2 of 3. “Tough game,” Placer coach Mark Lee said. “It went was back and forth and we led for quite a bit.” Andrew Dahlin and Michael McNamara both had 12 points apiece for Placer (4-2), which plays Edison of Stockton Friday in the second round of the Antelope Tournament at 5 p.m. 
 
Bear River 96, Valley Christian 73 — Justin Beskeen scored 27 points for the Bruins (5-1), who play Forest Lake Christian at 7 p.m. in second round of Victory Christian tournament Friday.  
 
Forest Lake Christian 67, Mountain Oaks 17 — Tim Schneider had 15 points for the Falcons (8-0).