Falcons smother Bruins in showdown
The Colfax Falcons came into Bear River Tuesday night and showed the Bruins what it takes to be a first-place team in the Pioneer Valley League. With a smothering defense and hot shooting, Colfax handed Bear River a crushing 59-33 defeat.
“Colfax just came out and played hard,” Bear River assistant coach Steve Box said. “We had a great crowd and a great environment; this had all the settings to be a huge game, we just didn’t come to play. They were a lot more aggressive, and as a result, we got steamrolled.”
The Bruins had trouble early with the aggressive man-to-man defense featured throughout the game by Colfax and couldn’t find the bucket for the first two and a half minutes of the game.
Chris McIntosh hit a trey from the top of the key to put Bear River ahead briefly 7-6 at the four minute mark, but turnovers let the Falcons outscore the Bruins 9-2 to end the quarter.
Bear River coach Jack McCrory tried a zone defense against the Falcons in the second quarter, but to little effect as seniors Ari Iventosch and Chase Oliver were able to shoot over the top.
Bear River managed just five field goals in the first half while Colfax connected for nine field goals, including five three-pointers on the way to a 32-17 halftime lead.
“We have three or four guys who can shoot the three,” said Colfax coach Ron Pucci. “Iventosch, Ginty and Oliver are all shooting around 45 percent. Our mainstay is our defense. We’re holding teams to around 40 points per game. We’re proud of that.”
The Falcons can hit their outside shots.
“It seems like they have five or six guys who can knock down a three,” said Bear River assistant Robb Tucker. “They are very balanced. Nothing was working for us. We knew that we had to play at a very high level to win this game.”
Iventosch and Ginty were high scorers with 13 points each. McIntosh led the Bruins with 10 points. C. j. Crausby scored five for Bear River.
Bruin Kevin Barker got into early foul trouble, picking up his third on Colfax’s next possession after Bear River’s first basket of the game and wasn’t able to be a factor.
The Falcons improved their Pioneer Valley League-leading record to 6-0 (19-1 overall). Bear River, which dropped out of a second-place tie, is now 3-3 in league (8-10 overall).
Bear River’s boys play their homecoming game Thursday night against Oakmont. The Bruins’ girls also play their homecoming game Friday against Oakmont.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bear River won the freshman boys game 44-40 and Colfax took a 48-38 victory in the J.V. contest.
To contact sportswriter Rob Renaud, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4240.
Colfax 15 17 15 12 ” 59
Bear River 9 8 12 4 ” 33
COLFAX (59): Ari Iventosch 13, Devin Ginty 13, Russ Stone 3, Chase Oliver 8, Kevin Kleppe 8, Donovan Gannon 3 Scott Krizman 5, Mat Harrell 2, Nick Stevener 2.
BEAR RIVER (33): Axel Wadman 2, Aaron Baker 3, Kevin Barker 2, Jake Kirby 4, Chris McIntosh 10, C. j. Crausby 5, Devin Grebe 3, Chase Rogers 2, Dan Costa 2.
Fouled out: Kevin Barker. Total fouls: C15, BR 15. Technical fouls: none.
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