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By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Colfax Viking boys have learned how to keep the fans on the edge of their seat after an overtime win on their home basketball court last Friday evening, January 3, against the Cardinals of Eleva-Strum.
With the non-conference victory, Colfax improved to 4-2 on the young season. The Vikings, who are 2-0 in Dunn-St. Croix play and trail league-leader Durand by half a game, resumed conference action last evening (Tuesday, January 7) when they hosted Glenwood City. Colfax will travel to Mondovi this Friday evening, January 10 before making the long trek to Minong to face Northwood on Monday evening, January 13.
In last Thursday’s 2020 opener, Colfax took an early lead that lasted all of 14 seconds before Cade McSorley canned his first three pointer of the night to give Eleva-Strum a 3-2 advantage with less than a minute off the clock.
But Colfax took the lead back when Ed Hydukovich went up for the basket and had the ball hit the rim and bounce in. Hydukovich led the Vikings with a total of 20 points off of six doubles, and he was eight-of-twelve from the line.
Hydukovich was sent to the line after being fouled by Andrew Schoen to end an Eleva-Strum 6 to 1 point run, but Schoen seemed dazed when he got up off the floor after hitting his back and head hard on the floor.
The Vikings’ offense continued to rush themselves in the first half, giving the Cardinals the opportunity to steal the ball off of several botched passes. With Colfax struggling, head coach Garrett Mass rotated out players with those on the bench and saw success in doing so.
Cole Seehaver helped get Colfax within striking distance of Eleva-Strum in the first half when he hit the backboard for two after rebounding the ball from his first missed shot. Seehaver scored 16 points for the Vikings with four doubles and a pair of threes.
With 5.2 seconds left in the first half of the game, senior Zach Rindy was sent to the line and sank two free throws to bring the Vikings within eight, 30-28, as the teams headed into the locker rooms for halftime. Rindy had 14 points off of three doubles, a trey, and was five-of-eight from the line.
Colfax began to pick at Eleva-Strum’s lead as shots from Drew Gibson, Hunter Rebak, and Noah Heidorn fell through the net.
Gibson hit a triple at the 4:50 mark to knot the score at 52. He went on to finish his night with ten points stemming off of one double, two treys, and a two-of-four performance at the foul line.
Colfax outscored Eleva-Strum in the second half, 31-23, to force an overtime period after a two-point hoop by Zach Rindy fell through the net to tie at 61 all with just 1.4 seconds left in regulation time.
“It went so fast there was nothing going through my mind,” Rindy said about his two points that sent the game into overtime. “I just did it naturally and it went in.”
Ed Hydukovich was the first to try and score in overtime for the Vikings, but after swirling the rim the ball bounced out, but it did not deter him as he was able to rebound the ball and make his way out of the lane. Hydukovich scored the first two points in overtime for Colfax and went on to add four more points.
Cole Seehaver scored the final points of the game with two shots from the charity stripe as Colfax outscored Eleva-Strum nine to one in the 4-minute overtime to secure a 70-62 victory.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 4-5-3-14, C. Seehaver 6-0-2-16, E. Hydukovich 6-8-1-20, N. Heidorn 2-1-3-5, H. Rebak 1-1-2-3, D. Gibson 3-2-1-10, B. Sikora 1-0-1-2. Totals 23-17-14-70.
FG-FT-F-TP: E. Karlstad 4-0-1-9, C. McSorley 6-1-4-16, A. Schoen 2-4-5-9, K. McSorley 5-0-2-14, J. Bautch 3-2-4-9, M. Olson 2-0-5-5. Totals 22-7-21-62.
Colfax 30 31 9 – 70
Eleva-Strum 38 23 1 – 62
3-point goals: Colfax – Z. Rindy, C. Seehaver (2), D. Gibson (2); Eleva-Strum – E. Karlstad, C. McSorley (3), K. McSorley (4), J. Bautch, M. Olson.