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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The cardiac kids were at it again.
The Colfax boys pulled off its second straight, three-point win in the waning seconds in an out-of-conference contest at home against Bloomer last Saturday evening.
A little more than a week after the Colfax needed a last-second, three-pointer to stave off upset minded Glenwood City, the Vikings took it to the wire once when the Blackhawks came calling in the February 9 match up.
Senior Ben Thompson provided the heroics this time around as he scored the final three points of the game – a two-point basket and a free throw – to secure a 47-44 win for Colfax.
After another unanticipated week off the court due to more winter snow storms, the Viking boys had to battle the Blackhawks tooth-and-nail to claim their 12 consecutive hardwood win which moved the team to 15-1 on the season.
Despite having its conference games postponed last week, Colfax maintained its lead over second-place Spring Valley. The Vikings are 8-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix while the Cardinals moved to 9-2 with wins over Elk Mound and Mondovi last Friday and Saturday respectively.
In the Bloomer contest, Thompson had a quiet first 18 minutes of play but heated up in the second half to finish 15 points including a pair of threes to lead Colfax to the win.
Bloomer kicked off the scoring last Saturday with two points just a little over a minute into the game. Zachary Ruf would give the Blackhawks a four-point lead.
But Vikings’ senior George Scharlau, who tallied ten points in the contest, netted back-to-back treys to give Colfax the lead.
But much like the Lady Vikings the previous night against Durand, the Colfax men found themselves down throughout much of the first half of the. Bloomer’s Johnny Blaeskacek was a thorn Colfax’s side throughout the first half putting in five triples.
Ed Hydukovich, who finished with a dozen points, scored a pair of underneath hoops within 30 seconds of each other to trim the Blackhawks lead to 28-24 at halftime.
As halftime break came to an end, the Vikings ran back on the court with determination to take back the lead from the Blackhawks and earn the win.
Bloomer’s Zachary Ruf hit two points with 25 seconds off the clock only to have Luke Heidorn return to the line for a single bonus shot.
Luke Heidorn, who had a rather quiet evening with just seven points, was forced to leave the game with just 12 seconds remaining after rebounding the ball and being pushed down to the ground. Heidorn had landed flat on his back and was slow to get up which caused referees to agree he needed to be checked out before returning to the game. Zach Rindy came in for Heidorn to shoot the bonus shot.
In the last 12 seconds of the game both Rindy and Thompson were sent to the line with Thompson hitting a bonus throw to give the Vikings a one-point lead. Thompson then sealed the win for Colfax on a two-points bucket with a second left in the game.
Zach Rindy scored a single trey in the first half.
The weather has wreaked havoc on the basketball schedules the past two weeks. That has caused the Colfax boys to play six games in the final two weeks of the regular season.
The Vikings, who moved up to ninth in the most recent Division 4 state boys’ basketball coaches poll, were in Elk Mound Monday night and hosted Mondovi Tuesday. Colfax will travel to upstart Durand this Friday, February 15 before returning home for three straight contests to close out the regular season against Northwood next Monday, February 18, Elmwood/Plum City on Tuesday, February 19 and Boyceville on Thursday, February 20.
COLFAX 47, BLOOMER 44
Colfax….….….…………24 23 – 47
Bloomer.….….…………28 16 – 44
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Colfax — B. Thompson 4-5-2-15, G. Scharlau 2-4-0-10, E. Hydukovich 6-0-1-12, Z. Rindy 1-0-0-3, L. Heidorn 2-1-1-7.
Bloomer — C. Ruf 2-0-3-5, J. Bleskacek 6-0-2-17, Z. Ruf 4-0-2-9, A. Thur 1-0-0-2, B. Sarauer 3-1-4-7, C. Rubenzer 1-0-0-2, L. Stolt 1-0-2-2.
C — B. Thompson 2, G. Scharlau 2, Z. Rindy 1, L. Heidorn 2; B — C. Ruf 1, J. Bleskacek 5, Z. Ruf 1, B. Sarauer 3.