MONDOVI — After four games the previous week, the Colfax boys’ basketball team had only one the following week and it turned out to be a rather disappointing game at that. After losing to the Mondovi Buffaloes at home earlier in the season by 14 points, 52-38, the Vikings traveled to Mondovi Feb. 13 and lost again, this time 53-30.
Colfax was down 11-0 before they cracked the scoring column on a deuce by Jarod Rudi. Ethin Kiekhafer added the only other first quarter points with a bucket and free throw and the Vikings were down 16-5.
Things didn’t get any better for them when they came up with just three second quarter points on a Jeremiah Wait free throw and Sawyer DeMoe’s first bucket of the game and they entered the break behind 29-8.
“Mondovi came out shooting hot and we did not match their intensity on either end of the court,” Colfax coach Garrett Maas said.
The Vikings picked things up in the third quarter, outscoring Mondovi 12-10 with DeMoe leading the way with six points but the hole was too big to shovel out of as they were down by 20 at 39-19 heading into the final quarter. Mondovi then outscored them 14-10 to put the finishing touches on the win.
DeMoe led Colfax with 10 points, seven points behind his conference leading average and Kiekhafer was well below his season average of 16 with five points. Rudi collected seven points for the team. Mondovi drained six triples while Kedar Davis had the only one for Colfax. The Vikings head into the WIAA seeding meeting with a 13-7 record and are 9-5 in conference play.
MONDOVI (53) B. Vetterkind 5-0-0-11, E. Palmer 5-1-1-11, E. Wolf 3-0-0-9, J. Peterson 2-0-0-6, TJ McLean 2-2-2-6, B. Purdy 2-0-0-4, Q. Buchholz 1-2-4-4, C. Berg 1-0-0-2
COLFAX (30) DeMoe 5-0-4-10, Rudi 2-3-4-7, Kiekhafer 1-3-4-5, Wait 1-1-4-3, Davis 1-0-0-3, A. Larson 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Wolf 3, Peterson 2, Davis 1, Vetterkind 1