Hot Shooting Falcons Cut Down Hillmen, 64-49
So much for the Pioneer Valley League’s so called home-court advantage.
The Colfax High boys basketball team literally shot that PVL myth down Tuesday night when the Falcons marched into Placer’s Earl Crabbe Gym and put on a dazzling first half shooting exhibition that helped propel the visitors to a convincing 64-49 win over the stunned Hillmen.
Sparked by senior guard Taylor Dorsey’s four first half treys, the Falcons shot out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, extended it to 39-23 by halftime and never allowed the Hillmen to get closer than seven points the rest of the way in squaring their PVL record at 1-1.
“We shot the ball well tonight especially in the first half,” understated Colfax coach Mike O’Connell. “Taylor had a big game for us and overall our whole team had a great effort.”
Dorsey, who finished with 21 points, drilled his first three treys in the last minute and a half of the opening stanza when Colfax pulled away from a 12-10 advantage to lead 21-12 at the end of the period.
Colfax continued their torrid shooting in the second quarter when Dave Campbell scored Colfax’s first five points of the stanza and Will Buell followed with a 10-footer and a resounding slam dunk. When Dorsey connected on his fourth trey of the night and Matt Larson hit a spinning five-footer in the lane, Colfax’s lead was 35-20 at the 2:27 mark of the half.
Placer, which went the final four minutes of the first half without a field goal, could muster just a pair of Isaiah Pineiro free tosses and another by Brennan Entz over the quarter’s final two minutes.
Placer tried to make a game of it in the second half as Colfax’s offense cooled but despite the Falcons going the first two and a half minutes of the third quarter without a point, the Hillmen couldn’t make any hay when Dorsey added his fifth trey of the night and Larson scored again for a 50-35 Colfax bulge.
Placer then scored the last six points of the the third quarter, three coming on a three-point play by Pineiro and another on a basket from Noah Daly that kept Placer within striking distance, 50-41, at the end of three.
In the fourth quarter, Pineiro’s follow shot brought Placer within seven at 50-43 but Buell tallied from underneath and after Pineiro missed a pair of free throws Larson’s eight-footer and a bank shot by Buiell boosted Colfax back up on top, 56-45.
From there the Hillmen couldn’t get any closer than nine points as Colfax ended the contest by hitting six straight free tosses to offset Placer foul tactics.
Dorsey, with five treys, finished with 21 points for the winners while Buell added 18 and Larson 14. Campbell once again provided the Falcons with punch off the bench and steady floor play, finishing with seven key points.
Pineiro had 24 points to pace all scorers but he didn’t have much help as Placer's next high scorer was Andrew Dalhin with seven points.
Almost overlooked in the win was a solid Colfax defensive effort which kept Placer to its second lowest point total of the season.
Colfax hosts Center Thursday night at 7 p.m. before traveling to play at Bear River next Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Colfax 64 Placer 49
Colfax 21 18 11 14 – 64
Placer 12 11 18 8 – 49
Colfax (64) – Larson 6 2-6 14; Buell 7 4-4 18; Ramseth 1 0-2 2; Dorsey 6 4-4 21; Campbell 2 2-2 7; Balser 1 0-0 2; Joyce 0 0-1 0; Glazner 0 0-0 0; Lewis 0 0-0 0; Loomis 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 12-19 64.
Placer (49) – Dahlin 2 3-4 7; Kean 1 0-0 2; Pineiro 9 6-9 24; McNamara 3 0-1 6; Entz 1 1-2 3; Daly 2 0-0 4; McElvain 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-16 49.