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JVS win three to capture tourney title

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With just seven players suited up and facing Div. I and II opponents in the opening two rounds, there weren’t a lot of people figuring that the Colfax Falcons JV boys basketball team would come home with the championship trophy from the Kendall Arnett JV Tournament in Auburn last week. But the out-manned Falcons overcame big odds by defeating Nevada Union, Del Campo and host Placer High to bring home the first place iron. “All three games were battles,” said Colfax coach Randy Havens, who dressed just seven players for the tournament after one suffered an ankle injury and another was out of town on vacation. “The kids really stayed the course and played hard,” Havens said. “It was a nice tournament to win.” Colfax, 10-3 on the season, opened the tourney by grinding past Nevada Union, 43-38. The Falcons trailed most of the third quarter before grabbing a fourth-quarter lead and holding off the Miners down the stretch. Leading Colfax’s balanced attack were Jordan Balser and Michael Wilson with 11 points each and Jack Baldoni with nine. Cole Joyce, David Campbell and Kevin Zachman all chipped in with four points each. Of the three Colfax wins in the tournament, Thursday’s 52-45 victory over Del Campo was perhaps the most improbable. Falling behind by as many as 17 points in the first half and still down by 11 at halftime, 33-22, the fast-breaking Cougars seemed to have too much speed and depth for the Falcons. But Colfax turned up its defensive intensity in the second half, and the Falcons went on to outscore the Cougars 30-12 in the decisive second half for the victory. Baldoni’s 16 markers led Colfax, while Balser followed with 12, Campbell and Zachman added eight each, Wilson five and Joyce three. The Falcons led from start to finish in the 52-46 championship game win over Placer, including 28-22 at halftime before stretching the margin to 12 points at one time in the second half. Balser, who hit three treys in the game and led all scorers with 18 points, was named the tourney MVP. He was joined on the all-tournament squad by Campbell who tallied 11 points and Wilson who added seven. Joyce scored eight more points for the winners. Zachman also played well on both ends of the court and contributed six key points. Colfax plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Whitney.