Dorsey helps Colfax soar past Placer boys again

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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Taylor Dorsey did it again. 

And for the second time this season his Colfax Falcons soared past the Placer boys basketball team with a double-digit victory. 

Dorsey drained four 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Falcons earn a 60-44 come-from-behind victory and season sweep over the Hillmen Friday night in front of a packed gym at Colfax High.

“I just was grateful for them to fall again,” Dorsey said. “I’ve had some trouble the last couple of games. It was really neat to have them drop. It’s a good feeling.”

Colfax (19-5, 5-2 Pioneer Valley League) fell down 7-0 out of the gate, but got things going once Will Buell (21 points) threw down a monstrous dunk.

Peter Kean had a team-high 11 points and Isaiah Pineiro added 10 for the Hillmen (17-7, 4-3), which led 22-21 after a thrilling first half.

But Dorsey and the Falcons ran away with the game in the third, outscoring Placer 23-8. Buell also connected from downtown during the quarter.

“Take your hats off to Colfax,” said Placer coach Mark Lee. “They shot it well in the third quarter and that was the difference in the game. … We had a stretch for about two or three minutes where we couldn’t buy a bucket.”

When Colfax played at Placer, Dorsey was also on fire beyond the arc.

Dorsey made five 3-pointers and dropped 21 points to lead the Falcons to a 64-49 victory over the Hillmen on Jan. 15.

“He loves playing against Placer,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “We love playing against Placer. They love playing against us. It’s been a longtime rivalry.

“Taylor’s a very good shooter. When he’s hot he can light it up in a quick span of time. He did a great job of that tonight.”

Pineiro fouled out with 5:37 to go even though he didn't pick up a single foul in the opening two quarters. Placer was whistled for nine of the first 11 fouls in the second half, further helping Colfax pull away. 

Dorsey finished the night with 14 points, all coming in the second half. 

Matt Larson and Jordan Basler both scored eight points apiece for Colfax, which plays at Center Wednesday before closing the season out with home games against Bear River and Lincoln.

If Colfax wins the rest of its games, it would claim at least a share of the PVL crown.

“If we win out, we’re in good shape to maybe tie it here against Lincoln,” O’Connell said. “If they lose before there, maybe we have a chance to win it. This league is very tough. People are going to beat each other up.” 

Michael McNamara had eights points and Brennan Entz added seven for Placer, which needs a lot of help in order to share the crown with Colfax and Lincoln.

“We’re not out of the race,” said Lee, whose Hillmen travel to Bear River Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt. “We just need to get some help. We need to win out.”

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