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Cal-Wheat freshman Nick Houzenga attempts a three-pointer during the second half of the Warriors’ 63-58 victory over Cedar Valley Christian, Friday night. Houzenga led the Warriors with 17 points, including eight during the third quarter in which Cal-Wheat erased a 15-point halftime deficit and turned it into a 41-37 lead heading to the fourth. Photo by Ross Eberhart
Warriors explode for 46 points in second half of win

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The Calamus-Wheatland boys basketball team took part in a first half it would have preferred to forget during Friday night's non-conference tilt with Cedar Valley Christian.

Fortunately, it took the Warriors only eight minutes to do just that.

Trailing by 15 at halftime of its game with the Huskies, Cal-Wheat made up the deficit and then some during a third quarter that saw the Warriors explode for 24 points, while holding their visitors to five points.

The Warriors kept rolling in the fourth quarter and the result was a 33-9 run to start the second half that turned out to be the difference in a 63-58 Cal-Wheat victory.

Cal-Wheat trailed by as much as 17 points in the first half, but that proved to be a distant memory as the Warriors exploded out of the gate in the third quarter.

Nolan Christensen set the tone early with a three-pointer to open the second half and Austin Houzenga dropped in a wide-open shot inside thanks to a nice pass by Austin Bumann.

Cedar Valley got on the board with a free throw, but Cal-Wheat came right back as Jake Janssen grabbed a Warrior miss and put it back in for two, while also drawing a foul.

The center converted the free throw for the three-point play and it was a 33-25 Huskie lead.

The margin continued to tighten as Spencer Kerr went coast-to-coast for a lay-up and Nick Houzenga drained a three-pointer. Kerr added another basket and suddenly it was a one-point game (33-32).

A 10-0 Warrior run ended with a Huskie hoop, but Bumann answered with a put-back.

Cedar Valley scored again and the Warriors responded again with N. Houzenga following his own miss for a bucket inside.

The next Huskie trip ended without points and N. Houzenga finally pushed Cal-Wheat over the top with a three-pointer to make it 39-37 Warriors.

A. Houzenga followed the three-pointer up with a steal and a lay-up and the quarter ended with a standing ovation by the Warrior faithful as Cal-Wheat turned the 15-point deficit into a four-point advantage.

The break between the quarters certainly did not cool the Warriors down as N. Houzenga started the fourth with his own steal and lay-up and Christensen answered a Huskie hoop with a drive to the hoop.

Kerr followed with a free throw and Christensen added one of his own before Bumann gave the Warriors their largest lead with a three-pointer to make it 50-39.

Cedar Valley would not go away and six-straight Huskie points cut the lead to five.

The Warriors, though, responded by scoring seven of the next nine points (Janssen scored twice inside, while A. Houzenga converted a put-back and later added a free throw) to push the lead back to 10 points.

It was still a nine-point game with 37 seconds left and things seemed to be comfortably in hand, but that changed quickly as Cedar Valley drained a three-pointer and then came up with an immediate steal which they turned into a lay-up to make it 60-56 with 19 seconds remaining.

The Warriors, though, got two free throws from N. Houzenga and then another after a Huskie miss, and a Cedar Valley basket just before the buzzer was irrelevant in a five-point Warrior win.

The second half was the complete opposite of the first as the Warriors found themselves trailing 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.

Cedar Valley led by as much at 10 points during the first quarter and took a 14-6 lead into the second period.

Five-straight points by Kerr in the early stages of the second quarter pulled the Warriors within five (16-11), but the Huskies proceeded to score the next 11 points to extend their lead to 16.

It was 32-15 Cedar Valley with time running out in the second quarter, but N. Houzenga scored the final points of the first half and Cal-Wheat took over the final two quarters for the win.

N. Houzenga led a trio of three Warriors in double-figures with 17 points, while Christensen added 11 and Kerr 10.

Janssen and A. Houzenga both had nine points in the contest with Bumann collecting five.

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