Colfax goes down with a fight

By: Journal Sports Staff
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BERKELEY ” Scott Krizman had 28 points and 13 rebounds in one of his finest efforts of the season, but for once it wasn't enough. St. Mary's of Berkeley beat Colfax 70-50 in the CIF NorCal Division IV playoffs Thursday night, ending another impressive season for the Falcons. Colfax trailed 31-27 at halftime before the Panthers (32-1), the third-ranked team in the state by MaxPreps, outscored the Falcons 14-4 in the third quarter. We turned the ball over a lot, Colfax head coach Ron Pucci said. They're very quick, very athletic. Other than that quarter, we played them fairly even. I was very proud of our kids. Joey Ballenger picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and his fourth in the opening minutes of the second half, and was forced to sit much of the game. Krizman, who has verbally committed to play at UC San Diego next year, finished his career as Colfax's all-time leading scorer. Colfax finished the season 28-4 overall. The Falcons went 11-1 in the Pioneer Valley League to win their third straight title and won the Piedmont Tournament, among other accomplishments. Our kids have nothing to be ashamed of, Pucci said. We got to the Final Four in Northern California and Elite Eight in the state. We were one of the last public schools left standing.