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Warriors come out on top in another game to the wire
|Cal-Wheat senior Jake Janssen shoots a small jumper during the Warriors’ game with Midland earlier this season. Janssen made Cal-Wheat a winner during Saturday night’s non-conference game with Durant as his three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave the Warriors a 47-46 victory. Photos by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
It seemed destined that a bizarre week would not finish without a little more drama for the Calamus-Wheatland boys basketball team.
Four days after taking part in a double-overtime thriller with Northeast, the Warriors found themselves in yet another tight, late game situation, this time in a road game with Durant.
Cal-Wheat trailed for most of the night in the game and still found itself down two with barely any time remaining.
The Warriors called timeout and a play was drawn up to give senior Spencer Kerr an open look for the winning three-pointer.
Things did not go as planned, however, as Durant stayed right with Kerr. Instead of taking the shot, Kerr sent a pass to teammate Jake Janssen in the corner and the senior center proceeded to drain a three-pointer with just 1.3 seconds remaining.
Durant's last-ditch attempt went awry and the Warriors were able to finish off a wild week with an exciting 47-46 victory.
Cal-Wheat got off to a slow start in the game and the hosting Wildcats took advantage to the tune of a 12-5 first quarter lead.
The Warriors, though, were able to get themselves back in the game, thanks to a 13-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter that cut the Durant lead to 21-18 at halftime.
Both teams struggled to add to their total in the third quarter with both teams coming up with just five points, and the Wildcats were able to keep their edge.
The offenses finally exploded in the fourth quarter with Cal-Wheat notching 24 points in the final eight minutes (after scoring 23 in the first three quarters), including the final three from Janssen that gave the Warriors the one-point win.
It was a tough shooting night for both teams. The Warriors only made 32 percent of its shots and they were the better shooting team as the Wildcats made just 11 of their 44 attempts.
Janssen led the way for the Warriors with 17 points and the senior center was even better on the boards, grabbing 21 rebounds (including nine offensive) for a double-double.
Nolan Christensen joined Janssen in double-figures with 11 points, while John Diercks added eight points and Austin Bumann four.
Bumann also grabbed 12 rebounds in the game for the Warriors, who had 46 as a team. Austin Houzenga and Diercks both grabbed five boards and added steals as well.
Bumann notched a third Cal-Wheat steal, while Janssen blocked two shots in the Warriors' win.
The game came less than 24 hours after the Warriors traveled to Camanche for a Big East contest.
Again the Warriors had trouble shooting the ball (they finished the game with just 11 field goals), and this time it caught up with them as the Indians broke open things open in the second half of an eventual 73-39 win.
Houzenga led the way in the game with 11 points, while Janssen added nine to go with a team-high 14 rebounds.
Kerr contributed five points for the Warriors with Bumann and Christensen scoring four each.
Houzenga added six rebounds to his 11 points and also led the Warriors with three steals.
Christensen, meanwhile, had four rebounds and two steals and was one of five Warriors (Houzenga, Diercks, Kerr and Janssen the others) to record an assist.
Nick Costello also had two steals in the game, while Kerr blocked an Indian shot.
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