The Colfax boys overcame a 15 point deficit twice before pulling out a 35-33 win at Spring Valley Dec. 9, then stayed on the road and won their second consecutive conference game 43-36 at Boyceville Dec. 12.
In most cases if a team scores only nine points in the first half, it’s highly unlikely they will come out on top. But after falling behind by 15 points early in the second quarter, the Vikings crawled back to just a 10 point deficit to 19-9 at the intermission by holding the Cardinals to just four points in the quarter. Sawyer Demoe had seven of the Colfax points in the half while Jarrod Rudi had the other two.
Spring Valley increased their lead to 15 again early in the third stanza, but the wake up call finally came in to the Vikings as they picked things up on both ends of the court. Kedar Davis drained a pair of triples with a free toss in the middle, Rudi added a deuce and a free throw and Aliymu Davis and DeMoe both chipped in with a bucket to cut the Cardinal lead to 26-23 heading into the final quarter.
Guards Aliymu Davis and Jeremiah Wait sparked the defense which allowed the offense to add some points and eventually Colfax took a 34-33 lead with 10 seconds left. The Cardinals long pass attempt was tipped by Ben Kragness and Wait pounced on the ball, drawing a foul. After missing the first free throw, he scored his first point of the game when he hit the second and Spring Valley couldn’t get a final shot off, allowing Colfax to take the win.
“We showed a lot of character and grit by fighting our way back against a much taller Spring Valley team,” coach Garrett Maas said.
DeMoe led the Vikings in points with 13 and in rebounds with 12 while Rudi added 11 points and a pair of steals defensively. Colfax was seven for 17 from the foul line and the Cardinals hit just six of 15.
COLFAX (35) DeMoe 6-1-3-13, Rudi 4-3-3-11, K. Davis 2-2-5-8, A. Davis 1-0-0-2, Wait 0-1-2-1
SPRING VALLEY (33) S. Borgerding 2-4-7-11, J. Helmer 3-1-3-9, L. Olson 3-0-0-7, S. Green 2-1-2-6
K. Davis 2, Helmer 2, Borgerding 2, Olson 1, Green 1
An early lead helped Colfax stay ahead most of the game and finish off the seven point win. Five Vikings scored in the first quarter with Kragness finding the hoop from long range and from short range for five points and Rudi, Aliymu Davis, DeMoe and Wait added deuces for a 13-7 first quarter lead.
The teams matched points with seven each in the second stanza to allow Colfax to hold a 20-14 lead at the break and they maintained that six point advantage at 29-23 heading into the last eight minutes. Wait knocked down a triple and added a free throw in the final stanza, DeMoe added four points, Rudi and Aliymu Davis each connected from close up and Brett Prince and Kragness both canned a free toss as the Vikings barely outscored the Bulldogs 14-13 to hold on for the win.
DeMoe topped all scorers with 14 points and Aliymu Davis had a career high nine points. Colfax improved a bit from the charity stripe, shooting 50% on 11 of 22 foul shots while the Bulldogs also shot 50% on five of 10 freebies.
The Vikings will stay on the road for their next three games, playing at Amery Dec. 15, at Eleva-Strum Dec. 16 and at Ellsworth Dec. 22 before the holiday break.
COLFAX (43) DeMoe 5-4-6-14, A. Davis 3-3-4-9, Kragness 3-1-3-8, Wait 2-1-4-6, Rudi 2-1-2-5, Prince 0-1-3-1
BOYCEVILLE (36) Schutts 4-1-4-11, J. Schulz 3-0-0-9, M. Leach 2-4-6-8, M. Kahl 1-0-0-2, H. Anderson 1-0-0-2, S. Hellmann 1-0-2-2, J. McIntyre 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Schultz 3, Schutts 2, Wait 1, Kragness 1