Boys basketball takes second at tourney

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After a pair of solid wins to begin last week’s Hiram Johnson Tournament, the Colfax High boys basketball team was slowed down Saturday evening by an athletic Bay Area squad and had to settle for runner-up honors in the three-day event. Colfax had opened the tourney with wins over El Camino of Sacramento and Pioneer of Woodland before falling to Berkeley in the finals, 60-50. The Falcons, off to a 3-1 season start, had opened the tourney with a 64-46, first round win over El Camino before turning back Pioneer, 60-44, in Friday’s semi-finals. However, against the talented Yellowjackets which return several key players from a squad which won its league and went 24-4 a year ago, the Falcons were tough for a half before a second half surge pushed Berkeley over the top. “I thought we played pretty well for awhile against Berkeley,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “But when we got behind we had to foul and they made their free throws. “Overall, we had a good weekend and had our shots,” he said. “It should put us on the right track for this weekend.” O’Connell was referring to his team’s appearance in this weekend’s Breaker Classic in Pacific Grove. Colfax will play a pair of perennial Central Coast Section Div. IV powers when it squares off Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Palma and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. versus host Pacific Grove. Colfax then returns home Tuesday for a non-league game at 7 p.m. against Argonaut. The Falcons will play the visiting Mother Lode League team in the school’s old gym as part of a “Retro Night” promotion. Here’s a recap of Colfax’s games: Colfax 64 El Camino 46 The Falcons used a big 19-4 second quarter run to charge past the Eagles. Colfax led 14-12 after the opening quarter before its big second stanza enabled the Green and White to lead, 33-16, at the intermission. El Camino tried to make a second half run at the Falcons but Colfax was able to outpoint the Eagles, 31-30, over the final two quarters. Junior guard Chase Mosier’s 15 points led the Falcons while Justin Witt followed with 12. Colfax’s offense was rounded out by Joey Jergo’s nine points and Kyle Greer and Ryan Samonson with seven markers each. Also, D.J. Guiles added six points, Sean Mooney four and Elliott Forsman and Ben Buell with two each. Colfax 60 Pioneer 44 Another good start where the Falcons held the Patriots to just six first quarter points led to Colfax grabbing a 28-20 lead by halftime. Colfax then used a 20-13 third quarter exchange to up its margin to 48-33 at the end of three quarters before cruising home to the win. The Falcons followed Witt’s 16 points and 12 from Salmonson. Also reaching the scoring column for the winners were Mosier with nine points, Greer with seven and Jergo with six. Berkeley 60 Colfax 50 The Falcons held a 27-21 lead at the halftime break over the Yellowjackets but the Berkeley speed and quickness in the second half enabled the bay area squad to notch the win. Salmonson’s strong inside play, which included scoring and rebounding, led Colfax with 15 points while Mosier followed with 12, Jergo eight and Witt seven. Oberg connected for five more while Greer added two and Guiles one. Witt was selected to the all-tournament team while Salmonson also drew O’Connell’s praise for a strong, all-around tournament. JVs takes third at tourney Colfax’s boys JV basketball team took two of three games at last weekend’s tournament, coming home with the third place trophy. The Falcons began tourney action on Thursday with a 74-48 win over the host Warriors. Colfax led just 24-22 at halftime but tallied 24 points in the third quarter before finishing off the Warriors with a 22-point fourth stanza. Luke Beninga’s 25-point scoring spree paced the Falcons on offense. He was followed by Austin Young with 16 points, Ryan Glazner with 10, Brett Fowler’s eight and Paul Ramseth’s seven. In Friday’s semi-finals, the Falcons ran into a strong Modesto Christian team which led Colfax 41-33 at the halftime break before pulling away for a 75-53 win. Beninga’s 20 markers topped Colfax. Following on offense were Young with eight points, Fowler with seven, Ramseth with six, Glazer with five,Will Buell with four and Sam Quinlan with one. Colfax then bounced back from its loss, breaking open a close game in the second half with El Camino and forging their way to a 61-54 victory. Beninga, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 17 points while Fowler chipped in with 13 and Young added 12. Glazner, Buell and Roger Lillie added five points apiece while Ramseth sank two and Quinlan one. The Falcons, now 2-2 on the season, open the Del Oro Tournament today at 3:30 p.m. against Forest Lake Christian. Colfax is in the same bracket with Del Oro and Mira Loma.