WHEATLAND — The Calamus-Wheatland boys basketball team picked the right night for its offense to break out.
Hosting Starmont in the nightcap of a homecoming doubleheader, the Warriors offense gained steam as the night went on, scoring more than 20 points in each of the final three quarters to pull away from the Stars in an 85-54 rout.
The 85 points were a season-high, so was Cal-Wheat’s 55.4 field goal percentage. And to cap it off, the Warriors made half of their three-point attempts, draining 10 treys.
The second quarter proved to be the difference.
The Warriors held a four-point lead (17-13) heading into the stanza, but proceeded to outscore the Stars, 26-10, to turn that into a 20-point advantage at the half.
Cal-Wheat did the bulk of its damage during an 18-4 push to close the quarter.
Kaden Schnede got things rolling with four straight points on second chances created by the Warriors’ work on the offensive glass (Cal-Wheat grabbed 11 offensive rebounds).
Starmont came back with a hoop, but Brady Buchmeyer drained a three and then got in the lane for two more points.
Schnede added his own hoop inside and so did Connor Scheer before Josh Gronewold turned another offensive rebound into a hoop.
Starmont ended the run of 11 straight Warriors points, but Buchmeyer got to the rim again, and this time was fouled, the junior added the free throw for a three-point play, and Cal-Wheat went into the half up 43-23.
The teams traded points for the bulk of the third quarter until another strong Warriors finish — a 7-2 run to end the stanza — stretched the margin to 24 (64-40) heading to the fourth.
Five more points to start the fourth — homecoming king Caleb Banowetz drained a three and Buchmeyer added his own bucket — put the bow on the run and a late trio of three-pointers created the final margin.
Buchmeyer shot 10-of-14 from the field, he made three of his four three-point attempts, and scored a career-high 24 points.
Schnede added a season-high 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double and paced the Warriors with four assists.
Banowetz chipped in 16 points — he made seven of his 12 attempts — and led the team with three steals, while dishing out three assists.
Junior Chase Knoche gave the Warriors a fourth player to reach double-figures, scoring 10 points and matching Banowetz with two three-pointers and three assists.
Seth Beuthien had a career-high eight points with Gronewold adding five.