If you were at Thursday's Section 1AA Championship game between the Caledonia Warriors and the Byron Bears, you quickly saw how fast the Warriors suffocated the Bears. The Warriors had the pedal to the metal the whole game and didn't let off.
In the first half, Caledonia shot phenomenally well. They went on a tear of 9 straight baskets before having a miss, that was then followed up with another 7 baskets in a row. The Warriors shot just under 80% in the first half and 59% for the whole game.
Noah King put the icing on the cake right before half after a Byron missed shot when he tossed up a 60 footer and swished it home as time expired. At the break, the Warriors had a commanding 57-19 lead. Noah King and Sam Barthel were both three for three on threes. Noah had 21 points, Owen King had 15, and Sam Barthel added another 11 in the first half.
The Warriors led 68-26 with fourteen minutes to play. With nine minutes to play both teams started to rotate in multiple players to get their time on the court. At this time, running clock was also enforced due to the 35 point lead. The final seconds ticked off with a fantastic 87-53 Warrior victory.
Sophomore Noah King led all scorers, going 12-18 on field goals for a total of 27 points. Owen King followed with 24 points shooting 10-14. Sam Barthel added 14 points and shot 4-5 from behind the arc. Marten Morem had 8 points and Riley Gavin had 4. Noah Kearney, Eli King, Andrew Goergen, Casey Storlie, and Tate Meiners all added 2.
As a team, the Warriors were 9 of 20 from behind the arc. 37 of 63 on field goals and four for four on free throws.
The Warriors advance back to the state tournament after an absence last season. This is their fourth trip in the last five seasons.
They will play Minnewaska Area in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday, March 21st at 8pm in Williams Arena.
Read the full story this week in the Caledonia Argus