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By Amber Hayden
CORNELL — The Vikings boys’ basketball picked up an impressive road win as it headed into the Christmas break.
Colfax faced the Cornell Chiefs last Tuesday, December 18, and scored a 49-point win, beating the Chiefs on their home floor 76-27.
The victory was Colfax’s sixth of the season in the seven games it has played. The Vikings share a 2-1 mark and second place in the Dunn-St. Croix with Elk Mound and Mondovi, who are a game behind leader Spring Valley.
“We shot the ball at a really high percentage,” said Vikings’ coach Maas. “I liked the fact that our kids did a great job of attacking the rim, we had everyone but one player score.”
The Vikings, who built a hefty 43-15 lead by half, were led by the senior guard, Ben Thompson, with his second consecutive game of 20 points. Thompson put up six doubles and a triple and was five-of-five from the foul line. He also added nine rebounds, three steals and a deflection against Cornell.
Colfax shot well from the foul line as it connected on 15 of its 19 charity tosses for a solid 79 percent performance.
George Scharlau netted 18 points in the Vikings’ winning effort to push his senior-season scoring tally to 120 points in the first seven games of the season. Scharlau sank three of his four three point shots to go with a trio of two-point field goals and went three-of-four from the charity stripe. Scharlau also had ten rebounds, two assists and three steals.
The Vikings, who outscored their hosts by 29 points in the first 18 minutes of action, finished with a 21-point margin in scoring in the second half while their defense allowed the Chiefs just a dozen points during that same span.
Cole Seehaver helped with that offense disparity by scoring a season high 11 points which included a triple and a two-of-two performance at the foul line.
Ed Hydukovich came close to matching his 2018-19 season high with five doubles for ten points. Hydukovich also worked the boards to collect seven rebounds to go along with two blocks and a steal.
“I liked how we kept up our defensive pressure the whole game, it feels good to be healthy going into the break,” said coach Maas.
Colfax’s Zach Rindy chipped in for seven points and Brady Lawrence, Jackson Hellmann, Luke and Noah Heidorn and Drew Gibson each finished with two points.
A finally healthy Colfax will enjoy a quiet 16-day break before returning to the court on Friday, January 4 with a road game in Plum City against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves.
COLFAX 76, CORNELL 27
Colfax.……..……………..…….…43 33 – 76
Cornell…….………………………..15 12 – 27
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — B. Thompson 7-5-3-20, C. Seehaver 4-2-1-11, G. Scharlau 6-3-1-18, E. Hydukovich 5-0-1-10, B. Lawrence 1-0-0-2, J. Hellmann 1-0-1-2, L. Heidorn 1-0-1-2, Z. Rindy 2-3-2-7, N. Heidorn 0-2-0-2, D. Gibson 1-0-0-2.
Cornell — K. Glaus 0-3-4-3, R. Gingras 1-1-1-3, R. Larson 6-1-1-13, R. Spangler 1-0-1-2, L. Thompson 1-0-2-4, W. Willmarth 1-0-1-2.
THREE-POINTERS C— B. Thompson 1, C. Seehaver 1, G. Scharlau 3; CL— R. Gingras 1.