By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
If one watched closely during warm ups, you could tell Owen King was going to have a big night.
The basket was as wide open as the ocean and King was dropping shots as if on a row boat within a vast sea.
As the Warriors warm up carried into game time, King kept the Warriors ahead while his teammates around him worked to find their shot.
Scoring 21 points to lead Lewiston-Altura 43-24 at half-time, King needed to only score one, three point shot in the second half as the Warriors cruised to an 83-56 win.
The victory set up a show-down on Saturday, March 11 against Pine Island who defeated Rochester Lourdes, 49-38.
The Panthers are ranked #4 and will face a hot #1 ranked Warrior team looking to punch their return ticket to state.
The Cardinals’ plan coming into the game was to limit King’s impact.
Early on, the strategy might have worked as King was stuck at two points, two made free throws until about seven minutes into the game.
The Warriors were carried by Marten Morem who had six quick points.
“Morem came out and hit that big three point shot and scored two more early for us,” said head coach Josh Diersen. “It’s nice when we can get a lead and play at our pace.”
Following foul trouble, Morem would finish the game with eight points.
Once King found the rhythm he’d found during warm ups, he took over the game, despite what the Cardinals were trying to do defensively.
“Owen had a big night for us, a big first half with 21 points,” Diersen said.
The coach was also pleased with the defensive effort from his team.
“We had a solid defensive effort. I’m happy with how we played on that side of the ball. Their leading scorer had 21 points, but he had to work for them,” said the coach. “Jordan Burg and Sam (Barthel) did a nice job for us defensively.”
Preview of Pine Island
The Panthers have a 6’9” foreign exchange student who plays in the middle.
Diersen said the team also fields two “good guards” and a 6’5” “very athletic” player who is versatile for Pine Island.
Diersen said he’ll be looking for his team to come out and “match up” against the Panthers’ taller players.
“They’re going to be a good match-up,” he said of the Panthers prior to the game on Saturday.
Caledonia: 43 40–83
Lewiston: 24 32–56
Caledonia (24-4): Owen King 24, Noah King 14, Sam Barthel 11, Marten Morem 8, Jordan Burg 6, Andrew Goergen 6, Eli King 6, Tate Meiners 4, Walker Spier 2, Austin Heim 2.