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Falcons pull off the upset

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Ron Pucci’s coaching career was extended Wednesday night as Colfax High pulled off a significant upset to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs. The 12th-seeded Falcons traveled to Modesto and bumped off No. 5 Central Catholic 50-39. Colfax (17-10) jumped out to a 16-point lead in the second quarter and held off the Raiders’ second-half charge to advance. Senior Jeff Divine scored 14 points, junior Justin Witt added 11 and senior Ethan Guiles chipped in with 10 for Colfax. Joey Jergo scored seven points, including a 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 16 seconds left to put the Falcons up 43-29. Kyle Greer scored four of his six points in the fourth. Pucci has announced he will retire at the conclusion of the season. Colfax will face No. 4 San Juan in Citrus Heights on Friday at 7 p.m. No. 3 Bear River 59, No. 14 Linden 48 at Lake of the Pines — Senior Patrick Scott scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter to lead the Bruins into the second round of the playoffs. Junior Johnny Jewett added eight points in the second quarter and Scott had a breakaway dunk to spark Baer River (21-7), which trailed 17-12 after the first quarter. Jewett finished with 16 points and senior Garrett Barbic tossed in 11. The Bruins will face No. 6 Modesto Christian on Friday at home. The Crusaders (19-8) are led by UCLA-bound forward Reeves Nelson. Division V No. 3 Forest Lake 74, No. 14 Sacramento Adventist 42 at Lake of the Pines — The Falcons cruised through the first round of the playoffs as senior Dawson Young poured in a career-high 26 points. Junior Josh Ritchart added 19 points and 15 rebounds as Forest Lake (19-5) took advantage of its size inside. The Falcons took the lead early, led by 17 at halftime and cruised to victory in the second half. Forest Lake — the defending section champion — will host New Life Christian or Valley Christian on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round. No. 1 Bradshaw Christian 81, No. 16 Foresthill 58 at Sacramento — The Wildfires hung tough with the top-seeded Pride, but saw their season come to an end in the first round of the playoffs. Pliny Murphy scored 16 and Jared Mosier scored a career-high 16 to lead Foersthill, which trailed by just three points after the first quarter. Bradshaw’s constant pressure and superior depth led to a 26-12 run in th second as the home team took control. Shane Gray and Sean O’Hagen scored 10 points apiece for the Wildfiers, who finished the season 10-15 overall.