By Brady Ambrose
After hitting a bump in the road, the Caledonia boys basketball team has gotten back to business with three wins last week.
On Saturday night the Warriors (11-5) pulled off a 75-73 overtime win at Waukon to finish a perfect week of basketball as Josh Nord led four Warriors in double-digit scoring with 16 points. Kyle Sorenson and Austin Bauer added 15 points each and Nate Rohrer added an even dozen, including six straight free throws in overtime with the Warriors outscoring Waukon 10-8 in the extra stanza.
On Thursday night the boys hit seven, first-half 3-pointers to take a 37-28 lead at halftime against Chatfield and then rolled to a 66-55 win over the Gophers. Sean Kearney, Rohrer, Sorenson and Bauer all hit from beyond the arc, with Sorenson hitting three straight midway through the first half. Coach Josh Diersen said, “It was a good week for us. Our juniors and seniors really stepped up, and we got great play out of everybody. It was nice to come out of the week like that.”
After a quick time out to get things straight after they fell behind 6-3, the Warriors then went on a 29-12 run and took a 32-18 lead when Bauer hit a three pointer with 3:27 left in the first half. Earlier Sorenson hit three straight treys, the first one at the 7:33 mark that gave Caledonia an 18-9 lead. The sophomore then hit two more a minute apart to push the lead to 24-12. Kearney’s three kept the lead at an even dozen at 27-15 with 4:30 to play in the first half.
Chatfield then whittled away at the lead, cutting it to under 10 points at 37-28 going into the break. Rohrer then opened up the second half with a great individual effort when he stole the ball on two straight inbound passes by Chatfield and scored on the first and dished off an assist to Josh Nord on the second to give Caledonia a 42-30 lead. The Warriors rolled to the 11 point win.
Caledonia opened up the week on the road at Kingsland where junior West Spier led all scorers with a game-high 31 points. The team rolled to a 99-76 win over the Knights. Freshman Colton Lampert turned in a 15 point effort off the bench, Bauer added 13 and Nord 12 in the win. “We know Colton can play,” Diersen said, “And we’ve been working on getting him in, and the guys are great about it.”
The Warriors will host Decorah Feb. 2.