Kendall Arnett

Falcons rebound in a big way

By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Writer
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“Balance” and “unselfishness” are concepts at the core of a number of religious philosophies. They translate pretty well to basketball, too. Colfax High’s boys squad proved that Wednesday in beating Del Campo 77-50 in the fifth-place game of the Kendall Arnett Tournament at Placer High’s Earl Crabbe Gymnasium. All five of the Falcons’ starters finished in double figures scoring-wise. “That was the best four quarters we’ve put together this year,” Falcons coach Ron Pucci said. Senior guard Jeff Divine and junior forward Justin Witt led Colfax (8-5) with 15 points apiece. Senior center Ethan Guiles added 14, and juniors Kyle Greer and Joey Jergo chipped in 11 apiece. “We moved the ball really well and came out firing,” Witt said. “When our guys find confidence in each other, it just flows.” “Guys were not looking for themselves,” said Divine, who also had seven steals and six assists and was named to the all-tournament team. “We were making the extra pass, guys were getting open looks and everybody was being really unselfish.” Colfax’s unselfish play was apparent on defense as well. Del Campo (8-6) had two players, senior forward Max Drucker and junior guard Alan Brown, finish the first half in double figures. The 6-foot-4 Drucker scored 12 points, while Brown counted three 3-pointers among his 11 points. In the second half, Drucker and Brown were limited to eight points combined. “At halftime, Coach (Pucci) really talked about stopping those two players,” Witt said. “The rest of the team really helped out.” Though a free throw and a jumper by Witt in the first quarter touched off a 12-4 run that put the Falcons ahead to stay, Del Campo kept things close for much of the way. The Cougars trailed by just three points with 3:30 to go in the third quarter after sophomore forward Artice Nelson made a layup, narrowing the score to 44-41. The Falcons closed out the third quarter with a 14-2 spurt, then held the Cougars to just seven points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. “Colfax has a tradition of good defense, and we’re trying to live up to that the best we can,” Witt said. “We had a good win today, and defense is the best way to do that.”