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home : sports : sports Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Cal-Wheat senior John Diercks prepares to shoot a three-pointer during the second half of the Warriors’ 54-44 victory over Prince of Peace, Tuesday night. Diercks had six of his eight points during a big second quarter for Cal-Wheat, as the hosts outscored the Irish 17-9 in the period en route to the 10-point victory.
Warrior boys make sure lead sticks in win over Irish

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It took the Calamus-Wheatland boys basketball team a little longer than it expected to take the lead during Tuesday night's home game with Big East foe Prince of Peace.

But once the Warriors had it, they were not about to let it slip away.

Trailing for the entire first quarter and a portion of the second, Cal-Wheat erased a six-point deficit in less than a minute and never trailed again in a 54-44 victory.

The Warriors needed some time to get rolling, as Cal-Wheat was held to just seven points in the first quarter.

Prince of Peace scored first in the game on a short jumper, but Cal-Wheat was able to respond when Austin Houzenga jumped in front of an Irish pass and took it all the way to the rim for a lay-up.

The Irish, though, came back with another bucket and then answered a Jake Janssen free throw with a three-pointer to make it 7-3.

Janssen scored again for the Warriors, but Cal-Wheat found itself down six after two-straight Prince of Peace buckets.

A banker in the lane by Justin Alden made it a four-point game for a moment. The Irish, though, scored the final points of the quarter to take a 13-7 lead into the second stanza.

The Prince of Peace lead was cut in half right away on a Spencer Kerr three-pointer and Alden kept it a three-point game as he answered an Irish hoop with a put-back.

Prince of Peace did not let the Warriors get any closer, though, as a bucket inside and a free throw pushed the lead back to six.

That is when the Warriors took over.

Austin Bumann started Cal-Wheat's outburst with a bucket inside and John Diercks immediately followed with a steal and a lay-up to make it a two-point game.

Prince of Peace missed its next shot attempt and Kerr was able to go coast-to-coast for another lay-up. The Irish turned the ball over on their ensuing possession and Diercks used the opportunity to drive to the hole again. This time, the senior drew a foul and the Irish were forced to call timeout.

Diercks made both free throws to give Cal-Wheat its first lead before Houzenga finished off a 10-0 Cal-Wheat run with a jumper to make it 22-18.

The teams would trade points the rest of the half with Prince of Peace ending the run with a hoop and then answering two more Diercks free throws with another bucket to make it 24-22 Warriors at the break.

Another Irish bucket to start the third quarter tied the game up at 24-24, but Cal-Wheat responded to the adversity with another string of points.

Alden broke the tie with another bank shot and Janssen added a pair of free throws.

Some Cal-Wheat pressure led to a steal and score for Nolan Christensen before Janssen capped off a 7-0 Warrior spurt with another free throw to make it 31-24.

Cal-Wheat could not get comfortable yet, though, as Prince of Peace answered with four-straight points of its own to pull back within three.

The Warriors were able to get the lead back to six as Janssen scored on an offensive put-back and Bumann followed an Irish hoop with a three-point play, but Prince of Peace answered right back with a free throw and hoop inside.

The final points of the quarter belonged to the Warriors, as Houzenga drained a pair of free throws to make it 38-33 Cal-Wheat heading to the fourth.

Another Warrior run, this time to start the final period, put things out of reach.

Bumann started the fourth with a bucket in the lane, while Christensen and Janssen added individual free throws for the Warriors, who pushed the lead to nine.

Prince of Peace continued its attempts to get back in the game, but each time Cal-Wheat had an answer.

The closest the Irish got in the fourth quarter was six (at 46-40), but Cal-Wheat came right back with an offensive put-back by Christensen and a hoop inside by Janssen to push the lead back to 10 and the lead never fell below eight the rest of the way.

Janssen led an extremely balanced Cal-Wheat attack with 15 points, while Houzenga and Diercks both added eight.

Bumann chipped in seven points during the contest with Alden adding six and Christensen and Kerr five apiece.

The win came four days after the Warriors dropped a tight 69-63 road contest with Midland.

The game was tight throughout and Cal-Wheat was right in the game as the final minutes of the fourth quarter ticked off.

The Eagles, though, were able to pull in front late and then finish the game off at the free throw line for the six-point victory.

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