Lake City Tops Caledonia In Section Final
Thursday night, KFIL brought you more high school basketball action. In the first game we covered, the Section 1AA title went to the Lake City Tigers, as they defeated the Caledonia Warriors 55-51.
It took a few minutes to see our first tie 2-2, then Caledonia got a couple buckets and the trey from Owen King gave the Warriors a five-point lead at 7-2. Lake City slowed it down and did a good job at not turning the ball over. The ballgame was tied again 13-13 and the lead changed hands 3 more times, then we were tied up 18-18 before the shots beyond the arc put the Tigers ahead for the rest of the half. In the opening half, the Lake City Tigers hit on 7 of 9 three-pointers, and turned the ball over just 4 times. Lake City led Caledonia 29-23 at the half.
The second half was a bit of a slow going again, but Caledonia forced a few more turnovers early to keep it within two, before taking the lead back with under 9 minutes to play in the second half. The lead changed 7 more times through the closing frame. The length inside by the Warriors was contributing, and after a technical foul free throw made by Owen King and the next Warriors possession resulting in a bucket, Caledonia led 48-44. That lead was quickly erased. Lake City drove down, got the bucket for a two-point game, then Marc Kjos stole the ball on the in-bound and put the ball off the backboard to tie the game 48-48!
The game was down to free throws the rest of the way, and looking at just the second half numbers, the Lake City Tigers were 8 for 10. The free throw shooting sealed it after the lead went back and forth, and the Tigers are going to state, winning the section title game 55-51.
KFIL Player of the Game for the Lake City Tigers was Marc Kjos. Kjos scored 27 points (15 in the second half), nailed 3 from beyond the arc, was clutch in his free throw shooting, and the steal and bucket on the inbound to tie the game changed the momentum totally.
KFIL Subway Player of the Game for the Caledonia Warriors was Owen King. Owen scored 26 in the game, and went up for a lot off rebounds on both sides of the glass, hitting shots from the field when it was needed.
The Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball was awarded to Marten Morem. The tall junior was hard to match up against for the smaller Lake City Tigers, and was second on the team in scoring with 11 points in the game.