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12/21/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat freshman Garrett Rickels attempts a jumper during the first half of the Warriors’ non-conference tilt with North Cedar, Tuesday night. Rickels scored all five of Cal-Wheat’s points in the first quarter, but the Warriors fell to the Knights (who hit 10 three-pointers) 59-49.
Knights use three-pointers to topple Warriors 59-49
The schools are not very far apart but that did not stop North Cedar from using a long-distance attack during Tuesday's non-conference game with the Calamus-Wheatland boys basketball team.

The Knights, who rank among the state's leaders in three-point attempts, let loose 20 three-point tries in the game and made 10 of them.

Eight of those treys came in the first half, allowing North Cedar to carve out a lead and a late Warrior charge was not enough in a 59-49 Knight victory.

The Warriors were on the comeback trail all game as North Cedar, behind a pair of three-pointers, scored the contest's first 15 points.

Cal-Wheat answered with their own run at the end of the quarter with freshman Garrett Rickels notching five-straight points on a bank shot and three consecutive free throws.

North Cedar, though, quelled the run with one final three-pointer and it was 18-5 after a quarter.

Both offenses got rolling in the second quarter.

Justin Schwennen opened the period with a put-back for the Warriors, while Lucas Looney answered two-straight Knight buckets with a free throw.

North Cedar, though, came right back with another three-pointer and then hit one more after Looney scored again for the Warriors.

This time Cal-Wheat was the one to respond.

Brett Kelting drained a three-pointer from the corner and Nick Costello hit a short baseline jumper.

North Cedar hit its own shot, but Kelting dropped in another three and the lead was down to 12.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, North Cedar still had plenty in the tank and nine-straight Knight points (six on three-pointers) made it 39-18.

Cal-Wheat made a final push at the end of the half with Kelting knocking down a jumper and Looney adding a pair of free throws, but North Cedar scored the quarter's final hoop and it was 41-22 at the break.

North Cedar opened the second half with a hoop as well, but Cal-Wheat answered back with a three-pointer by Josh Poell and a hoop by Looney.

The Knights came right back, however, and another nine-point run added to North Cedar's advantage.

It was 54-29 entering the fourth quarter when the Warriors went off, exploding for 20 points in the period, while holding their visitors to just five.

The Knights' advantage held, though, and North Cedar earned the 10-point victory.

Final statistics from the game were unavailable at press time, but will be included in a future article.

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