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Colfax tops Knights for Ripon Christian title

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A trip to the San Joaquin Valley proved fruitful for the Colfax High boys basketball team last weekend. The Falcons scored a pair of wins to take home the championship trophy at the Ripon Christian Holiday Classic. Matched up against a Div. IV Sac-Joaquin Section playoff foe from last season in its opener, Colfax put together a 30-point first quarter on its way to running past Linden of the Mother Lode League, 79-46. Then on Saturday, playing perennial Div. V power and host Ripon Christian, the Falcons looked impressive once again in fashioning a 63-39 win over the Knights. ?We played pretty well in both games,? said Colfax coach Mike O?Connell. ?We had some nice scoring balance and played well defensively. It was a good weekend for us.? In the tourney opener, Colfax used its big 30-point opening quarter to build a 49-24 lead over Linden by halftime. Eleven different players found the scoring column for the Falcons who were led by Ben Buell?s 17 points, 14 from Austin Oberg, 11 by Chase Mosier and 10 from Tom Baldoni. Rounding out the Falcons? offense was Elliot Forsman, six; Luke Beninga and Robert O?Connell three each; Austin Brown and Cody Stevener two each and Joey Rooker with one. In the championship game, Colfax grabbed a 16-10 lead after a quarter over the Knights and then extended it to 35-20 by halftime. O?Connell was pleased with the job Colfax?s defense did on Ripon Christian?s Logan Vos which entered the Colfax game averaging 17 points a game. With Oberg and Mosier changing up on Vos, the Falcons held the Knights leading scorer to just eight markers. On offense, Mosier and Buell formed a solid one-two punch with 19 and 17 points respectively. Brandon Cremeen chipped in with seven more points while Brown finished with six and Oberg four. The scoring was completed by Forsman and Baldoni with three points apiece and O?Connell and Beninga with two each. Both Buell and Oberg were selected to the all-tournament squad for their fine play. Colfax?s next action will be on Tuesday when the Falcons meet Nevada Union in the first round of next week?s Kendall Arnett Tournament in Auburn. The Colfax-NU game is set for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.