Boys Hoops: Caledonia Rains Threes Early, Shuts St Paul Academy Down Late To Win

Updated: 03/13/2014 3:21 PM
Created: 03/12/2014 11:00 PM
By: KSTP Sports

Caledonia used a flurry of first half threes and a complete defensive shutdown in the final 10 minutes to win 73-53, spoiling St. Paul Academy's State Tournament debut.

The fourth-seeded Warriors lit it up in the first half connection on 10 of 19 three-point attempts. Thirty of their 36 first half points came on three-pointers.  Caledonia junior Austin Bauer hit 6 of 7 threes for 21 points in the first half alone on his way to a 7 for 9 night and game-high 28 points.

Despite the three-point barrage, Caledonia only led 36-32 at halftime.

It was a still a two point margin with 10 minutes to go when Caledonia went into defensive lockdown mode.

Fifth-seeded St. Paul Academy only managed one field goal and a total of two points in the final 10:11 of the game.  The defensive stranglehold allowed Caledonia to go on a game-clinching 20-2 run.

Turnovers also helped the Warriors pull away, turning 21 Spartan turnovers into 26 points.

Caledonia's bench added 27 points, the bulk of which came from freshman Owen King's 21-point effort.

Freshman Harrisen Egly paced the Spartans with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

St Paul Academy's season ends at their first-ever State Tournament Appearance, and with a 20-9 record.

Caledonia advances to the Class AA Semifinals on Friday when they will face top-seeded Annandale.

(Material from the Minnesota State High School League was used in this report)

Winter Weather Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Anoka; Carver; Chisago; Dakota; Goodhue; Hennepin; Isanti; Kanabec; Ramsey; Rice; Scott; Sherburne; Washington; Wright
Expires: 3/3/2015 9:00 PM

Winter Weather Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Barron; Chippewa; Dunn; Eau Claire; Pepin; Pierce; Polk; Rusk; St. Croix
Expires: 3/3/2015 9:00 PM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

29° | 22°
  • Feels like: 13° F
  • Wind: SE 7mph
  • Humidity: 60%
  • Tue Morning snow
    30° | -1°
  • Wed Mix of sun and clouds
    9° | -6°
  • Thu Sunshine
    19° | 14°
  • Fri Partly cloudy
    37° | 17°