By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor
The Caledonia boys basketball team suffered a tough double overtime loss to the Southland Rebels at Adams on Feb. 14 and then rebounded with a 40-point win over Fillmore Central Friday night.
Southland 64, Warriors 62 2OTs
“We missed our free throws at the end of the first overtime period, and that was the difference in the game,” coach Josh Diersen explained. “We were up three points with a minute left and made just one of six free throws. We only made 7 for 18 (39 percent) for the game. You can’t beat a good team if you aren’t making your free throws.”
The Warriors and Rebels played a very tight game from beginning to end, with Southland leading 27-26 at the half. With the game tied nearing the end of the second half, Caledonia had a chance to win the game. But a last second shot at the buzzer fell short and the game went into overtime.
In the first overtime, Caledonia held a three point lead with about a minute left. The Warriors made three trips to the free throw line and made just one of six shots, which sent the game into the second OT period.
Southland got up ahead by two points in the second OT period and was able to maintain that lead for the 64-62 win.
The Warriors hit just 3 of 20 shots from beyond the three point line (15 percent) and 45 percent from the field. They committed 15 turnovers.
There was an obvious disparity when it came to fouls in the game. The Rebels went to the line 56 times and scored more than half their points on free throws. Caledonia only took 18 free throws.
“We were playing a zone, so I don’t understand why Southland shot three times as many free throws as we did,” Diersen commented.
The Warriors had five players foul out of the game.
Josh Lampert led the Warriors with 16 points, five assists and two steals. Alex Varney had 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Ryan Eppen had 11 points, four rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Willie Cordes also had 11 points. Nate Rohrer added six points, three steals and two assists and Kennan Bruening had six points and four rebounds.
Warriors 82, FC 42
The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead against visiting Fillmore Central Friday night, led 43-21 at the half and out-scored the Falcons 39-21 in the second half for the 82-42 win.
“Holding a team to 21 points per half is good defense,” Diersen said. “We had 20 steals on the night and dominated the boards with 43 rebounds.
“Following the tough double overtime loss on the road earlier in the week, I was proud the way the kids came back and played a great game against Fillmore Central,” Diersen added.
Rohrer led the Warriors with 18 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Lampert added 13 points, nine steals, four assists and three rebounds. Bruening had eight points and two rebounds, Sean Kearney had seven points and two steals, Varney had six points and five rebounds, Cordes had six points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists, Matt Petersen had six points and three assists, Eppen had six points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, Andy Kilger had five points and four rebounds, Eric Houdek had three points and three rebounds, Kevin Lapham had three points and Ryan Frank had two points and two assists.
The Warriors will finish out the regular season this week with three very tough opponents. On Feb. 21 they host state-ranked Rushford-Petersen, Feb. 23 they travel to PEM and Saturday they host state-ranked Austin for a 6 p.m. game.
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