It certainly wasn’t a pretty start to the basketball season for the Colfax boys as they committed 18 turnovers and shot just 18 of 32 from the foul line resulting in a 65-61 road loss to McDonell Central Nov. 19. They cleaned things up a bit when they went to Cochrane-Fountain City two days later and came home with a 56-53 win.
The Vikings held a 17-8 lead after a quarter of play but the full court press put on by the Macks gave Colfax problems all night. With the game knotted at 29-29 at the half, Colfax fell behind by four heading into the final stanza and the Mack’s lead went to 11 before the Vikings made a run, in part with 10 points by Ethin Kiekhafer to get it down to a single point. Down 61-60 with 26 seconds left, the Vikings were forced to foul and after the Mack’s Lance Schoch made the first freebie and missed the second, Sam Bleskachek grabbed the offensive rebound and scored on an off balance put back to seal the win. The Vikings certainly didn’t help themselves by missing eight free throws in the final quarter.
“We just had some mental mistakes and didn’t take care of the ball very well,” Colfax coach Garrett Maas said. “But it’s the first game and we have time to get things straightened out.”
Sawyer DeMoe knocked down nine of 11 shots and finished the game with 20 points to lead the Vikings and also led in the rebounding department with 11. Kiekhafer added 17 points and nine boards and Kiekhafer and Jeremiah Wait both came up with five assists. Grant Phillips pulled down 10 rebounds, nine on the defensive end.The Vikings were just three of 12 from three point land while the Macks weren’t much better, hitting four of 19.
Colfax (61) (FGM-FTM-FTA- PTS) DeMoe 9-2-8-20, Kiekhafer 7-5-6-17, J. Rudi 3-4-6-9, Wait 2-5-10-9, Phillips 2-0-0-4, B. Kragness 0-2-2-2
McDonell Central (65) Schoch 2-8-12-12, K. Dorn 6-1-2-11, Bleskachek 4-2-6-10, S. Sorenson 4-2-3-9, B. Retzlaff 4-2-3-9, N. Zander 0-4-8-4, J. Davis 0-4-5-4, A. Ohde 2-0-0-4, N. Amelse 1-0-1-2
Three Pointers: Kiekhafer 2, Dorn 2, Rudi 1, Sorenson 1, Retzlaff 1
DeMoe was unstoppable as he poured in a career high 28 points including 14 in the third quarter against the very big, athletic and physical Pirates. With eight points early in the game from Kiekahfer, the scored was tied at 14-14 after the first quarter and the Vikings, despite a pair of triples from Jarrod Rudi, fell behind 29-27 at the intermission. Kiekhafer came up with his third trey of the game to go with DeMoes points as Colfax moved to a 10 point lead heading into the final eight minutes at 46-36 but were outscored 17-12 in the last quarter. Kiekhafer canned a pair of free tosses with 18 seconds left for a three point lead, allowing the Vikings to hold on for the win.
“We did a good job at contesting shots and securing the rebound,” Maas said after his first victory as head coach of the Vikings. “They didn’t have anyone who could stop Sawyer and Ben Kragness did a good job of getting him open on the block with some really good physical cross screens. Jeremiah, playing point guard, had probably the best game of his high school career but it was a great team effort.”
Kiekhafer finished with 15 points while Rudi added 12, all on three pointers and as a team, the Vikings were five of nine from the foul line with seven triples.
Colfax (56) DeMoe 13-2-3-28, Kiekhafer 5-5-2-2-15, Rudi 4-0-0-12, Kragness 0-1-2-1
C-FC (53) B. Halvorson 6-0-0-16, G. Marklowlz 4-1-2-9, C. Lisowski 3-0-2-8, J. Eikamp 4-0-0-8, D. Gieger 2-1-1-5, E. Skroch 2-0-0-4, K. Wildodson 1-0-0-3
Three Pointers: Rudi 4, Halvorson 4, Kiekhafer 3, Lisowski 2, Wildodson 1