Falcons win Rosemont Roundup
Preparing for the opening of what is expected to be a very competitive Pioneer Valley League hoops chase next month, the Falcons continued their fine early season play by posting three impressive victories over quality opponents to win last weekend?s Rosemont Roundup in Sacramento.
After slipping past Christian Brothers in the opening round and running past Grant in the semi-finals, the Falcons topped Armijo of Fairfield, 74-51, in Saturday night?s game.
The win improved the Falcons? season record to 9-2 and left coach Mike O?Connell with a positive outlook on the upcoming PVL season that starts Jan. 6 at Bear River.
?The kids are doing a great job right now and we?ll have to continue it when league starts because it?s going to be a real battle,? said O?Connell. ?I thought we did well last weekend against some teams that like to pressure and push the tempo.?
Before league action begins, however, the Falcons will play the Kendall Arnett Tournament at Placer. The tourney, which draws area foes Placer, Colfax, bear River, Nevada Union and Del Oro, opens Monday and continues through Wednesday.
The Falcons then play on Jan. 2 at Roseville. Frosh action starts at 4 p.m. followed by the JV contest at 5:30 and the varsity game at 7 p.m.
Here?s a recap of last week?s Rosemont Roundup:
Colfax 43 Christian Brothers 42: In a first round match-up of two teams that traditionally have been perennial section Div. IV playoff contenders, the Falcons used an eight-foot jumper by Justin Witt with three seconds left to provide Colfax with its margin of victory.
The Falcons trailed 12-11 after the opening eight minutes, but used a 17-11 surge to grab 29-23 margin at the halftime break.
Christian Brothers then used a strong defensive third quarter when they limited Colfax to just five points to retake the lead going into the fourth, 34-33.
The lead then see-sawed in the fourth quarter before the Falcons got a late defensive stop and set the stage for Witt.
Both Witt and Chase Mosier scored 12 points each to pace the Falcons, while Joey Jergo contributed six points and seven rebounds. Austin Oberg and Kyle Greer each added four points, while Ben Buell added one free throw.
Colfax 72 Grant 45: In a game that had a little quicker pace than their opening round win, the Falcons led from start to finish in subduing the Pacers in the semi-final round.
The Falcons raced out to a 24-16 lead after a quarter and never looked back. O?Connell?s charges held leads of 37-27 at intermission and 55-37 at the end of three cantos.
Leading Colfax?s offensive attack was Salmonson, who poured in 29 points.
Jergo followed with 12 markers while Witt and Mosier each added 10.
Greer, Oberg and Austin Brown completed the scoring all with four points each.
Colfax 74 Armijo 51: Armijo, a Div. I team from the Monticello Empire League, had rung up 20-point plus wins over Mira Loma and Rosemont in the opening two rounds of the tourney.
However, in Saturday?s finals, after an up and down first quarter where the Indians led the Falcons, 21-20, the Falcons clamped down defensively to turn the tide in the game.
?We did a pretty good job defensively from the second quarter on,? noted O?Connell about the Falcons holding Armijo to just 30 points over the last three quarters.
Colfax led 39-29 at halftime and pushed their lead to 57-43 at the end of three quarters before cruising in to the final 23-point margin of victory.
Witt had the hot hand for the winners in the title game as he buried 24 points and played what O?Connell described as a ?fine, all-around game.?
Salmonson, who was selected as the tournament?s most valuable player, followed with 19 points.
Oberg was also steady in the win and contributed 16 more key points.
Scoring for Colfax in the finale was rounded out by Mosier with nine, Jergo with four and Greer with a pair.