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Falcons drop season opener to Nevada Union

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The Colfax Falcons boys basketball team is wishing it had a couple of late fouls it could take back from their season opening game Tuesday night in Grass Valley against Nevada Union.
Twice — once in regulation and again in overtime — the Falcons looked on the verge of victory but on each occasion costly fouls enabled the host Miners to convert key free throws and escape with a 57-55 win.
“It was a very close call,” said Colfax coach Mike O’Connell about the foul on the Falcons late in regulation that forced overtime. “A lot of times a call like that isn’t called to determine the outcome of a game.”
Colfax, 0-1 on the season, will try and get untracked Thursday when they tip off in the Gold Dust Classic being hosted by Ponderosa and El Dorado. Colfax’s varsity will open play today at 7 p.m. against Ponderosa in a game set for the Ponderosa campus in Shingle Springs.
The Falcons are in the same bracket as Davis and Nevada Union. The other half of the bracket includes El Dorado, Whitney, Amador Valley and Rosemont.
In a game that was a see-saw affair for most of the evening, Colfax looked on its way to victory when Chase Mosier came up with a steal and fed Austin Oberg for a lay-in that gave the Falcons a 49-47 lead with 20 seconds to play.
But on NU’s next possession, the Falcons fouled NU’s Colin Lee on a game winning three point attempt with just 0:06 left on the clock. Lee missed his first free throw attempt but then made the next two to send the game into overtime.
After Colfax took a 55-54 lead with 1:05 to go in the extra session, Lee hit one of two free throws to bring the Miners back to a tie ball game. However, on the ensuing Colfax possession, the Falcons lost the ball and in a loose ball situation the Falcons fouled Chris Porter. Porter then converted both ends of the free throw attempts for the eventual margin of victory.
Colfax tried a desperation three by Mosier but it was blocked by Porter.
Mosier led all scorers in the game with 24 points while Lee tallied 21 for Nevada Union. Both Oberg and Robert O’Connell added 10 points each for the Falcons.
In the preliminary games:
Colfax Frosh 58 Nevada Union 44 — Colfax jumped on the Miners for a quick 22-6 lead after a quarter and went on to win its season opener. Cole Joyce scored 15 points to lead the way while Dave Campbell added 11 and Jack Baldoni 10. Michael Wilson chipped in with seven points and Jordan Balser added five. Colfax will meet El Dorado at 6:30 tonight in the El Dorado tournament in Placerville.
Nevada Union JV 51 Colfax JV 48 — The Falcons fell behind big early and then fell short in a comeback try. Colfax plays Ponderosa at 5 p.m. today in the Gold Dust JV Tournament at Ponderosa. Will Buell tallied 19 points for the Falcons while Matt Larson chipped in with 14.