Colfax cuts down Forest Lake |

Colfax cuts down Forest Lake

John HartForest Lake Christian's Taylor Lawrence (center) attempts to drive through the defense of Colfax's Joseph McDonnell (left) and Justin MacHovec (right) Thursday night.
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COLFAX – The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team began the 12th Annual Falcon Shootout on a sour note with a 73-50 first-round loss to host Colfax.

“Colfax came out hard and we didn’t,” FLC senior forward Taylor Lawrence said. “They were really physical. We didn’t match their intensity very well.”

Steve Gonet, FLC’s first-year coach agreed.

“We didn’t match aggression for aggression and that’s something we (still) need to work on,” he said.

FLC plays the loser of the Hilmar/Argonaut (Jackson) in the consolation bracket semifinal 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Lawrence put the visitors on top early with a three-pointer from the left wing.

Colfax’s Chris Pulver answered with a bucket in transition, then scored from the low post two possessions later to put the hosts up for good.

Pulver finished with 16 points.

Colfax looked as if it was going to pull away when FLC’s Mark Boatman put his stamp on the game.

With time running down, the 6-foot, 1-inch junior guard heaved a shot from half court. The ball hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded and FLC was back in it.

For a while.

FLC’s Chris Keller tied the score at 23-23 with four-straight free throws to open the second stanza. The teams traded baskets before Colfax’s Bret Filipowski sparked a 13-5 run down the stretch.

“We thought we had a good chance to get back in it when Mark hit the shot, but afterward, Colfax just began to pull away slowly,” Lawrence said.

Filipowski finished with 11 points. Colfax’s Robert Predosa led all scorers with 17.

Lawrence, Keller and Boatman each totaled 11 points.

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