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Falcons topple NU, 60-50

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After letting a season opening win slip away last month at Nevada Union, the Colfax High boys basketball team made sure Tuesday night that it wasn’t going to happen again. Buoyed by inspired fourth quarter play, Colfax opened the first round of the 69th annual Kendall Arnett Tournament on the winning side by handing the Miners a 60-50 setback. The Falcons, now 7-4 on the season, advanced to Wednesday night’s semi-final round where they were slated to meet Del Campo. In Tuesday’s Colfax win, trailing 18-13 midway through the second quarter, the Falcons outscored the Miners 11-0 to end the first half and never looked back over the last two quarters. The Falcons were in the lead the entire second half with its biggest margin coming on an Austin Oberg three-pointer making the score, 38-30, at the 4:18 mark of the third quarter. There were, however, some precarious moments for the Green and White. Nevada Union closed Colfax’s gap late in the third stanza to 41-36 after a pair of free throws and a bucket by sophomore Ian Davis, but Chase Mosier drained a trey as the third period horn sounded to push Colfax back up on top, 44-36. Colfax maintained its margin, but the Miners didn’t go easily as a Chris Porter trey and a driving lay-in by Colin Lee quickly trimmed the Falcons’ margin to 44-41 with 5:12 to go. After a Colfax miss, NU came back down with another chance to cut into the lead, but the Falcons came up with a steal that led to a lay-in by Elliot Forsman making it 46-41, Colfax. But Davis, who led NU with 17 points, converted an old-fashion three-point play with 4:13 to go to pull the Miners back to within, 46-44. On Colfax’s next trip down the floor, Mosier found Forsman for another lay-up and then after a pair of NU turnovers, the Falcons put some distance between themselves and the Miners when Forsman buried a huge three-pointer and Robert O’Connell followed with back-to-back buckets from down low to make the score, 55-45 with just under two and a half minutes to play. Colfax coach Mike O’Connell, who had watched his squad drop a 57-55 overtime game at NU last month, was pleased with his team’s change of fortunes. “I was really happy with our composure,” Colfax coach Mike O’Connell said. “We’re a senior laden team and we came up with the big rebounds, the big plays at critical times. We were really focused tonight.” The Falcons committed just eight turnovers in the game. Mosier said Colfax was motivated to end its recent first round Arnett slump and get back at the Miners. “We scouted them really well. We watched film today,” Mosier said. “We played them before, so we knew about Lee and we knew what to do against them. We definitely came out really focused.” Mosier had a big night for the Falcons as he poured in 31 points, The Colfax senior made eight two-point field goals, a pair of treys and was 9 of 13 from the foul stripe. Oberg connected on three treys and finished with 15 points while O’Connell added six, Forsman five and Ben Buell, Luke Beninga and Austin Brown with two points each. Buell also snared seven rebounds.