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Boys basketball heads to Ripon Christian tourney

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Colfax High’s boys basketball team will hit the road again this weekend for more tournament action as the Falcons prepare for the start of Pioneer Valley League play next month.
This weekend Colfax will vie in the four-team Ripon Christian tournament which will pair a quartet of Division IV squads in a two-day event which runs Friday and Saturday.
Colfax, 3-4 overall on the season after splitting a pair of games in last weekend’s Breakers Classic at Pacific Grove, will meet Linden on Friday at 6 p.m.
Depending on how the Falcons fair on Friday, the Falcons will then meet the winner-loser of Friday night’s Ripon Christian-Millennium of Tray game. Saturday’s slate has the varsity third place game at 5 p.m. and championship contest at 6:30.
Colfax then returns home next Tuesday for a tripleheader with visiting Bret Harte of Angels Camp. Game times are slated for the freshman at 4 p.m., JVs at 5:30 and varsity at 7 p.m.
The game with the Bullfrogs will be Colfax’s last action until the Falcons tip off in the Kendall Arnett Tournament at Placer, Dec. 28. Pairings for the tournament have not be released as of Record press time but should be listed in next week’s sports section.
In last weekend’s games at Pacific Grove, the Falcons couldn’t overcome Palma’s ability to hit free throws in a decisive fourth quarter which led to a 50-46 Colfax setback.
The Falcons led by eight points at halftime, 25-19, and 38-34 a the end of three quarters before the Chieftains paraded to the foul stripe in the final canto.
“Palma shot 29 free throws to our 14,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “That was the difference.”
Chase Mosier sank a game high 20 points for the Falcons. Also scoring for the winners were Austin Oberg with six points, Robert O’Connell and Elliot Forsman with five points each, Ben Buell with four and Tom Baldoni, Luke Beninga and Brandon Creemen with two points each.
In Friday’s game with host Pacific Grove, the Falcons trailed 18-10 in a low scoring first half before getting untracked in the second half for an eventual 46-34 victory.
The Falcons outscored the Breakers 23-6 in a pivotal third quarter and then put the game away by limiting the hosts to just 10 points in the fourth stanza.
Mosier tallied 19 points for the winners while Forsman added nine, Austin Brown six and Buell and Beninga three apiece. Oberg, O’Connell and Baldoni completed the scoring with two points each.
JVs 1-2 at Del Oro
Colfax’s JV boys squad defeated Mira Loma, 39-30, to salvage 7th place at last weekend’s Del Oro tournament. Taylor Dorsey’s 14 points and 10 each from Ryan Glazner and Matt Larson paced the Falcons.
Colfax had opened with a 62-58 loss to Whitney despite 22 markers from Larson and 10 by Paul Ramseth. Ramseth also tallied 11 points in the Falcons’ 43-31 loss to Oakmont.