A pair of back to back games resulted in a 42-36 overtime win for the Colfax boys at Amery Dec. 15, then staying on the road, the Vikings played a pretty strong Eleva-Strum team and dropped the contest 46-43.
If the Vikings could have connected on at least 50% of their free throws in the game they could have come out with a win in regulation. But hitting on just 13 of 31 attempts while playing pretty solid defense kept the score low for both teams as Colfax, behind seven Sawyer DeMoe points was down 14-13 at the half.
Jarrod Rudi drained a triple and DeMoe added four points in the third quarter but the Vikings found themselves in the hole, behind 27-21 entering the fourth. With points as scarce as they were, that six point deficit loomed pretty big but the Vikings put on some defensive pressure to force some turnovers and took advantage of them. Jeremiah Wait doesn’t hit a lot of shots but when he does, it seems they are always at opportune times as he drained a triple for his first points of the night to give Colfax the lead with just over three minutes left. With the game tied at 34-34, Colfax controlled the ball for the final minute but a shot at the buzzer fell short to put the game into the overtime.
Ben Kragness scored from underneath to put the Vikings up and they never trailed the rest of the way. Kragness tacked on a pair of free tosses, DeMoe hit a bucket and a free throw and Wait added a free shot for the final score.
“It certainly wasn’t a pretty game” coach Garrett Maas said. “But we kept driving the lane and drawing fouls. We need to hit more of those free throws against good teams. But we stuck with it and came out with the win,” he added.
DeMoe had a game high 16 points while Rudi added 10. Amery was two for five from the foul line.
COLFAX (42) DeMoe 6-4-12-16, Rudi 2-5-8-10, A. Davis 2-1-1-6, Kragness 2-2-3-6, Wait 1-1-5-4
AMERY (36) C. Bursik 4-0-1-10, J. Marquand 4-1-2-9, B. Schulte 3-0-0-6, C. Wears 2-1-2-5, M. Meyer 1-0-0-2, D. White 1-0-0-2, R. Walz 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Burkik 2, Rudi 1, Davis 1, Wait 1
Colfax fell behind 14-10 at the end of the first stanza as Rudi cmae up with four of the Vikings’ points on deuce and a pair of free throws. The offense came to life in the second quarter, led by 10 points from Kragness who nailed two triples and two deuces for 10 of the Colfax points, allowing them to hold a 24-20 halftime lead.
But the only person who found the scoring column in the second half for Colfax was DeMoe as he had all 19 points for the team. It wasn’t enough to hold off the Cardinals who were 15 of 25 from the charity stripe in the game including 11 of 12 in the second half.
“We didn’t move our feet well on defense and put them on the foul line too much,” Maas said. “E-S did a better job of executing down the stretch than we did. We also had too many sloppy turnovers.”
DeMoe finished with 23 points while Kragness had a career high 10. Colfax was five of seven from the foul line.
ELEVA-STRUM (46) M. Higley 4-4-6-14, G. Everson 4-1-2-10, C. Watkins 3-4-6-10, J. Matchey 1-2-3-4, K. Olson 1-1-3-3, A. Ryskoski, J. Lorenz 1-0-0-2
COLFAX (43) DeMoe 11-1-3-23, Kragness 4-0-0-10, Rudi 1-2-2-4, Davis 0-2-2-2, Prince 1-0-0-2, Wait 1-0-0-2
THREE POINTERS: Kragness 2, Higley 2, Everson 1