By Cara L. Dempski
STRUM — The Colfax boys’ basketball team has not won a game since it December 9 beating of Boyceville, but the Vikings came oh so close to getting their third victory of the season against the Eleva-Strum Cardinals last week.
Colfax lost a 41-40, double overtime heartbreaker in its December 30 non-conference tilt played in Strum.
After the Vikings had tied the game, they had chances to win the game at the end of regulation in both of the overtime periods. Unfortunately, the Vikings couldn’t get their shots to drop when they needed them most. The Vikings missed a shot at the end of regulation, a foul shot with seven second left in the first overtime that would have given Colfax the victory and an open look at the end of the second overtime.
“We had plenty of chances,” said Colfax head coach Garrett Maas.
While the match-up did not add a third W to Colfax’s 2016-17 record, Maas is hoping the team uses the contest against the Cardinals as a springboard into the Vikings’ January 3 home game against Amery.
“It was the best that we have played as a team all year,” Maas stated.
The Vikings were missing one player due to vacation and another with a bad ankle, but Maas said sophomore Luke Heidorn did a nice job of stepping in to fill some big shoes.
The Colfax coach also said senior Matthew Reisdorf had the best defensive game of his high-school career. Reisdorf was matched up with a taller player and was able to force multiple turnovers.
George Scharlau and Jacob Larson led the Vikings with 10 points each, while senior Aliymu Davis logged seven points on a trio of field goals and a free throw before fouling out of the game.
Scharlau had the Vikings’ lone basket in overtime and Larson, whose foul shot with seven ticks left in the first overtime missed the mark, connected on both of his foul shots in the second overtime to account for both of Colfax’ points.
Marcus Reisdorf put together a field goal and three-pointer for five points, Treyton Teige took credit for four points, and Luke Heidorn and Matthew Reisdorf each dropped in a field goal for two points.
Eleva-Strum’s Mat Higley led the Cardinal offense with 22 points.
As noted above, the Vikings hosted Amery on January 3. They will head to Elk Mound to take on last season’s Dunn-St. Croix champions on January 6 before a six-day break. Colfax will then head to Glenwood City for a meeting with the winless Hilltoppers on January 12.
COLFAX 40, ELEVA-STRUM 41
Colfax……….…..24 12 2 2 — 40
Eleva-Strum……..25 11 2 3 — 41
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Colfax (17-3-16-40) A. Davis 3-1-5-7, J. Larson 4-2-2-10, T. Teige 2-0-2-4, G. Scharlau 5-0-2-10, Mar. Reisdorf 1-0-1-5, L. Heidorn 1-0-1-2, Mat. Reisdorf 1-0-3-2.
Eleva-Strum (14-2-13-41) M. Higley 8-1-1-22, D. Christianson 0-0-2-0, J. Lorenz 1-0-0-2, C. Kunferman 1-0-2-5, D. Severson 1-0-2-5, T. Engen 1-0-5-2, B. Moen 2-1-1-5.
THREE-POINTERS C — Mar. Reisdorf 1; ES — M. Higley 1, C. Kunferman 1, D. Severson 1.