By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — The Colfax boys’ basketball team’s first home game was a tale of two halves.
The first 18 minutes of the November 28 home contest against Thorp seemed relatively easy for the home team. As a result the Vikings carried an 11-point lead into the halftime break.
[emember_protected] Even the second half seemed promising, with the Colfax boys extending their lead to 13 points before Thorp found ways around Colfax’s defense and limited the Vikings’ shooting opportunities.
The Cardinals knotted the game up at 38 with 4:43 left to play, and the teams were tied at 41 when the buzzer sounded on regulation.
At the end of the four-minute overtime period, the Cardinals were on top of a 52-46 final score for the non-conference win.
“We had a good first half, I thought we had really good movement,” Colfax coach Garrett Maas said. “In the second half, it came down to not having a really good flow. Things went stagnant.”
According to Maas, the difference in the game was Thorp making shots while Colfax fought to get looks. The Vikings were one for eight from the free throw line, while the Cards went eight for eight.
“It’s pretty hard to beat good teams that way,” Maas said of shooting from the line. “The nice thing is, it’s all stuff we can work on.”
The Vikings got on the board first after junior George Scharlau nabbed the tip off and passed the ball off to senior Marcus Reisdorf who dropped a shot in for two before 18 seconds passed. Colfax continued to find ways around Thorp’s defense to lead 30-19 after the initial 18 minutes.
The home squad seemed to keep up the intensity in the opening minutes of the second half, but found itself up against an equally intense set of Cardinal defenders. The result was Thorp erasing its 11-point deficit and taking at two-point lead late in the half before Colfax junior Jackson Hellmann dropped in a field goal to tie the game with 3.1 seconds left in regulation.
Thorp sophomore Ethan Reis opened the overtime period with a three-point shot from the baseline to lift the Cards to 44-41. Scharlau tied it up with a three-pointer of his own a little over two minutes later, but the visiting team kept pounding away at the Vikings to take over the game for good with a 52-46 win last Tuesday.
Scharlau was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, while senior Treyton Teige picked up 11. Reisdorf copped eight points, Luke Heidorn recorded four, and Hellmann logged two.
Reis was Thorp’s leading player with 16 points.
The Vikings took on McDonell December 4 and Turtle Lake December 5, and will open the Dunn-St. Croix season at Boyceville December 7. They faced Fall Creek December 9 at UW-Stout’s Northwest Tipoff Classic.
They will play Spring Valley at home December 12.
THORP 52, COLFAX 46
Thorp………………………….19 22 11 — 52
Colfax…………………………30 11 5 — 46
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-T)
Thorp (21-8-16-52) — C. Komanec 4-0-1-7, A. Lagasse 1-0-1-3, R. Jacque 2-0-4-5, R. Drost 0-2-2-2, A. Hunt 1-2-2-4, R. Stunkel 4-2-2-9, E. Reis 6-2-0-16, I. Soumis 3-0-4-6.
Colfax (20-4-12-46) — N. Albricht 0-0-2-0, G. Scharlau 7-4-1-21, T. Teige 5-0-1-11, J. Hellmann 1-0-4-2, M. Reisdorf 4-0-3-8, L. Heidorn 2-0-1-4.
T — C. Komanec 1, A. Lagasse 1, R. Jacque 1, R. Stunkel 1, E. Reis 4; C — G. Scharlau 3, T. Teige 1. [/emember_protected]