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By Amber Hayden
PLUM CITY — The Colfax boys’ basketball team kept pace with Dunn-St. Croix leader Spring Valley, who nipped Elk Mound in overtime last Friday, matching the Cardinals’ win with a hefty one of its own.
Tipping off the new year in style, the Vikings headed to Plum City January 4 and tamed the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves 70-46 as they led from start to finish to stay just one game back of the Cardinals at 3-1 in conference play and an impressive 7-1 overall.
“We jumped up early on them with a 10-0 run to start the game,” said Vikings coach Garrett Maas. “We did a great job of attacking the rim and had fifty points in the paint.”
Leading the way for the Vikings was senior Ben Thompson with 17 points. Thompson put in seven doubles and was three-of-five from the foul line as well as having six offensive rebounds, three defensive rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
George Scharlau got off to a good start too, hitting five doubles and was four-of-six from the charity stripe against the Wolves for 14 points. Scharlau also had ten rebounds, three assists, five steals and a block in the contest.
“I was really happy with our defensive effort,”said Maas. “We held their (E/PC) leading scorer scoreless and also caused some turnovers that turned into transition points.”
Colfax led 32-20 at the break and then outscored the Wolves by another 12 points, 38 to 26, in the second half for the 24 point win.
Ed Hydukovich and Luke Heidorn also had solid games for Colfax last Friday evening. Both scored 12 points as Hydukovich hit the net for five doubles and was two-of-two from the line while Heidorn snagged four doubles and netted four bonus shots.
Hydukovich led the offense and defense in rebounds with seven on each end of the court as well as an assist, a steal, and two blocks in his 23 minutes of game time.
Adding to the Viking point total were teammates Jackson Hellmann with five off a double and trey and Zach Rindy who hit the backboards for a pair of doubles.
In their limited minutes of action, Vikings’ teammates Brady Lawrence and Trevor Rothbauer each put up two points against Plum City/Elmwood off of a double from Rothbauer and a pair of foul shots from Lawrence.
The Vikings head to Mondovi this Thursday, January 10 to take on the Buffaloes in a D-SC conference contest. They will then head to Eleva-Strum the next evening, January 11, for a non-conference tilt and the Vikes fifth straight road game. Colfax will finally return home to take on the Durand Panthers next Tuesday, January 15.
COLFAX 70, PLUM CITY/ELMWOOD 46
Colfax 32 38 – 70
Plum City/Elmwood 20 26 – 46
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax— B. Thompson 7-3-0-17, G. Scharlau 6-4-0-16, T. Rothbauer 1-0-0-2, Ed Hydukovich 5-2-3-12, B. Lawrence 0-2-1-2, J. Hellmann 2-0-0-5, Z. Rindy 2-0-0-4, L. Heidorn 4-4-2-12.
Plum City/Elmwood— N. Gansluckner 1-0-3-2, N. Forster 6-0-3-12, Z. Phillips 0-1-4-1, J. Glampe 6-2-5-17, J. Brunner 3-0-2-6, L. Webb 4-0-1-8.
THREE-POINTERS C— J. Hellmann 1; PCE— J. Glampe 3.