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By Amber Hayden
It wasn’t the best of weeks for the Colfax boys’ basketball team as they fell short in losses to Northwood and Durand.
Colfax made the long trek to Minong last Monday evening, January 13 and lost by four points to Northwood. The setback snapped the Vikings four-game win streak as Colfax had only five players score in the 44-48 loss to the Evergreens.
Then, two days later, in a heated battle for sole possession of first place in the Dunn-St. Croix boys’ race, the Vikings dropped the ball and game with a 52-62 loss at home to Durand. Drew Gibson tried to help Colfax out in the second half as he scored 21 of his 24 points in that half with four doubles and four triples in the January 16 contest.
With the loss, Colfax fell to second place in the Dunn-St. Croix conference with a record of 4-1, and is 6-4 overall.
The Vikings were scheduled to play Bloomer of Saturday evening, but due to the winter storm hit the area Friday, the game was rescheduled to Monday evening, January 20. Colfax played Boyceville last night, Tuesday, January 21, at home and will travel to Spring Valley on Friday, January 24, and then Ellsworth on Monday, January 27.
It wasn’t the start to the week that the Colfax boys’ basketball team had hoped for as they took on Northwood (6-4) and were felled by the Evergreens, 44-48.
“We couldn’t throw the ball into the ocean the second half,” said head coach Garrett Maas. “We shot 4-28 in the second half.”
Ed Hydukovich led the Vikings on the court with 12 points, which included five doubles and a two-for-four performance from the foul line. Hydukovich also led with six offensive rebounds and two deflections before exiting the game with five fouls.
Senior Cole Seehaver was able to make his way outside the arc for three of the Vikings five three-pointers. Seehaver also had a lone foul shot to finish with 10 points. He also led on defensive rebounds with seven, along with one assist, two deflections, and a steal.
“We had a lot of good looks that didn’t go down,” Maas explained. “We will look to regroup for Thursday’s matchup with Durand.”
Noah Heidorn and Zach Rindy had 17 points between them. Heidorn had one triple and four doubles for 11 points, and three assists, while Rindy was one-for-four from the line with a field goal and a three-point bucket for six points, and finished with three steals.
Also scoring for Colfax was Tyler Hallquist with a triple and two-for-two at the charity stripe.
Maas stated the Vikings have a bit of sickness lingering among the team which could make for an interesting night of basketball come Thursday.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 2-1-1-6, C. Seehaver 3-1-2-10, T. Hallquist 1-2-1-5, E. Hydukovich 5-2-5-12, N. Heidorn 5-0-0-11. Totals 16-6-14-44.
FG-FT-F-TP: C. Krompotich 3-2-0-8, S. Gulbrandsen 2-1-0-5, J. Meling 1-1-0-3, L. Michken 2-2-0-8, N. Blegen 2-0-3-4, J. Daleiden 4-0-5-8, L. Henning 4-4-2-12. Total 18-10-11-48
Colfax 31 13 – 44
Northwood 26 22 – 48
3-point goals: Colfax: Z. Rindy, C. Seehaver (3), T. Hallquist, N. Heidorn; Northwood: L. Michken (2).
Colfax boys’ basketball game against Durand last Thursday, January 16 got off to a rough start as the visiting Panthers jumped out to an 11-2 point lead with 13:30 left on the clock in the first half.
Durand went on to build a 37-17 halftime lead and despite outscoring the Panthers by ten in the second half, the Vikings could never catch up and took the loss, 52-62, in a clash for first place in the Dunn-St. Croix conference.
Noah Heidorn scored the first two points for Colfax after Ed Hydukovich, Zach Rindy, and Cole Seehaver were being shut down at every turn.
Colfax continued to look rushed in every aspect of Thursday’s game that resulted in turnovers and bad passing.
The Vikings took their first and only timeout of the game in the first half and attempted to regroup before heading into the locker room, but could not put together an offense against a full-court trap by Durand’s defense.
Colfax began to rotate out their starting five with bench players, which included top scorer Drew Gibson who scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half of the game.
“Coming off the bench it’s tough sometimes, but it’s nice to go out there and get a few shots and erase a 20-point lead,” Gibson explained. “It will make some of the other conference teams notice a little bit more that we are still in for the fight even if we get down a little bit.”
In the two halves of the game, Gibson put up four triples, five doubles, and was two-for-two from the foul line.
Gibson explained that it is sometimes tough to block out the comments from the opposing team’s fans and other players, but it did not affect him but used it as motivation to keep going.
“When it comes down to it we have to hope that they (Durand) are losing and look forward to playoffs,” stated Gibson.
Noah Albricht and Ed Hydukovich scored 13 points between the pair. Hydukovich had three doubles in the first half for six points, and Albricht shot two-for-two from the charity stripe and had a triple and double.
The Vikings managed to outscore Durand by ten points in the second half, but fell short of closing the gap any more.
Scoring four points a piece was Noah Heidorn and Hunter Rebak, Rebak hit two doubles and Heidorn had a double and was two-for-two at the line.
Also scoring for Colfax was Cole Seehaver with a triple, and Zach Rindy and Bryce Sikora each hit the back boards for two.
FG-FT-F-TP: Z. Rindy 1-0-0-2, C. Seehaver 1-0-2-3, N. Albricht 2-2-0-7, E. Hydukovich 3-0-1-6, N. Heidorn 1-2-1-4, H. Rebak 2-0-4-4, D. Gibson 9-2-0-24, B. Sikora 1-0-0-2. Totals 17-6-11-52.
FG-FT-F-TP: D. Kurth 2-0-1-5, S. Bauer 1-0-0-3, L. Eaker 2-0-0-4, L. Pelke 5-1-0-14, J. Biesterveld 5-1-3-12, G. Hurlburt 5-0-1-11, C. Berger 3-5-2-13. Total 23-7-8-62.
Colfax 17 35 – 52
Durand 37 25 – 62
3-point goals: Colfax: C. Seehaver, N. Albricht, D. Gibson (4); Durand: D. Kurth, S. Bauer, L. Pelke (3), J. Biesterveld, G. Hurlburt, C. Berger (2).