CLINTON – Calamus-Wheatland senior Max Hansen knows a little something about game-winning three-pointers.
But the guard, who beat the buzzer with a three in the Warriors’ Tri-Rivers East opener with Easton Valley, probably did not expect his second game-winner to come so early.
Hansen buried a three-pointer with under three minutes to go in Saturday’s Tri-Rivers East trip to Prince of Peace to give the Warriors a one-point lead.
It proved to be the game’s final points.
Prince of Peace missed a pair of shots on its next trip down the floor, followed a Cal-Wheat turnover with an offensive foul, and missed a final shot as the Warriors’ hung on for a big 56-55 victory.
The win gives Cal-Wheat, Prince of Peace, and Easton Valley two losses in division action, all against each other.
The Warriors trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter before surging back.
Hansen, fittingly, got things started with a hoop inside and Josh Hein turned a midcourt steal into a lay-up to make it 51-45.
Prince of Peace came back with a lay-up, but Kaden Schnede put back a teammate’s miss and Caleb Banowetz answered another Irish free throw with a three to pull the Warriors within three.
The hosts created some more separation with a hoop inside, but Banowetz answered with another three and Cal-Wheat forced a steal on the other end, leading to a fast-break and an open look for three for Hansen, who buried it to make it 56-55.
The Warriors then hung on, surviving two late turnovers by keeping the Irish in check on the defensive end.
Hansen’s three gave Cal-Wheat its first lead since the first quarter when the Warriors used threes from Hein and Banowetz and two Rickels free throws to open a 13-9 lead.
The Irish, however, scored the game’s next seven points to take the lead and did not relinquish it until late.
The Warriors stayed within striking distance: they got as close as one in the second quarter and were down just four when Prince of Peace scored the final four points of the third quarter to set up the late drama.
Hein scored the Warriors’ first eight points in the game and led the team with 16.
Banowetz scored all 12 of his points on three-pointers, while Boeckmann added nine points, Rickels eight, and Hansen seven.
The game came a day after the Warriors rolled to an 80-39 home rout of Cedar Valley Christian.
Cal-Wheat (16-3 overall, 9-2 in Tri-Rivers East play) erupted early, outscoring the Huskies 32-6 in the opening quarter to take control of the contest.
All nine Warriors who saw action scored.
Schnede led the way with 18 points – on 8-of-12 shooting – and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Hein dropped in 14 points, while Boeckmann had 11 to go with four steals.
Banowetz had nine points with Brady Buchmeyer and Hansen adding eight, Hunter Rickels and Brian Forret five and Chase Knoche two.
Forret grabbed eight rebounds, while Rickels had six boards, seven assists, and six steals (Buchmeyer had five steals).