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Central Catholic fails to keep up with Colfax's patient style

The Central Catholic High boys basketball team played all sorts of teams and all sorts of styles on its way to winning a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship this season.

But the Raiders ran into something new in their playoff opener against Colfax.

The Falcons ran a patient, methodical offense with a roster loaded with height that gave the Raiders troubles throughout the game. Guard Jeff Divine scored 17 points, leading No. 12 Colfax to a 50-39 victory over No. 5 Central Catholic in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs at Central Catholic High on Wednesday night.

"We knew they were going to be a tough team," said Central Catholic forward Ken Mashinchi, who scored 13 points. "They were much better than a 12 seed."

Colfax went inside early, with 6-foot-6-inch senior Ethan Guiles scoring his team's first eight points as the Falcons led 12-11 after the first quarter. Colfax scored the first seven points of the second quarter and, after a Mashinchi layup, scored the next 10 points to pull away.

"They ran everything so crisp," Mashinchi said. "We hadn't played a team that was so consistent on offense like that."

Colfax maintained its lead through much of the second half while holding Central Catholic scoreless for a nearly seven-minute span that stretched from the third to the fourth quarter. Mashinchi hit two 3-pointers in a late attempt at a rally, but the Falcons put it away.

"We got no free looks with their defense," Central Catholic coach Mike Wilson said.

Colfax (17-10) advanced to a quarterfinal game at No. 4 San Juan, a 48-45 winner over Bret Harte.

The Raiders, meanwhile, will reflect on a league championship season.

"We were down two games with three to go and won a league title," Mashinchi said. "We got a home playoff game. We're happy about a lot of things."

That late-season run being the highlight.

"We had our slump in league, but the guys sucked it up," Wilson said. "Won six in a row to close it out. I'm proud of them."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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