Warrior boys beat L-A 61-53, move on in sub-section tourney

Ryan Eppen puts up a shot in heavy traffic during the Warriors’ first-round play-off win over Lewiston-Altura last week. Photo by Zach Thomas

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Caledonia boys basketball team advanced in the Section 1AA East Sub-section play-offs last week with a 61-53 win over Lewiston-Altura.

The Warriors took a 28-24 lead into the halftime intermission and then out-scored the Cardinals 33-29 in the second half for the eight-point win.

“There really wasn’t any flow to the game because of all the fouls that were called,” coach Josh Diersen said. “Lewiston-Altura scored 15 of their 24 points in the first half on free throws. We shot 38 free throws in the game. That’s by far the most we’ve shot in a game all year. There were 28 fouls called in the first half on the two teams,’ Diersen pointed out.

Warrior point guard Josh Lampert goes high for a rebound. Photo by Zach Thomas

The Warriors built a 10-point lead in the second half and then slowed the game down, forcing the Cardinals to foul to get the ball back. Caledonia responded by nailing 23 of 38 free throws, which was one of the determining factors in the game.

The Warriors had 40 rebounds on the night and turned the ball over 13 times.

“We played well in this game, but with all the free throws being called, it was difficult to really get anything going. But a win is a win,” Diresen noted.

The Warriors shot 37 percent from the field and made 4 of 16 treys (25 percent).

Alex Varney led the Warriors with 16 points and five rebounds. Josh Lamper had nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Willie Cordes had nine points and six rebounds. Kennan Bruening had eight points and five rebounds, Ryan Eppen had six points and six rebounds, Matt Petersen had five points and four rebounds, Eric Houdek had four points and two rebounds, Nathan Rohrer had two points and three rebounds and Ryan Frank and two points and two rebounds.

Willie Cordes gets all tied up with a L-A Cardinal, while Warrior coach Josh Diersen calls for a time out. Photo by Zach Thomas

Up next

The Warriors travel to the Mayo Civic on March 6 to take on #2 seeded St. Charles. Diersen noted that his Warriors are going to have to keep the Saints from getting to the free throw line as often as they did in their first two meetings.

Young Warriors do well

Diersen noted that a number of Warrior teams took part in the Boys and Girls Clubs Basketball Tournament in La Crosse over the weekend. The sixth grade team took first while the fifth and ninth grade teams took second in their respective divisions.

 You can contact Charlie Warner at charlie.warner@ecm-inc.com