CALEDONIA — It was an impressive contest tonight between the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders and the Avon Braves. Both teams have had solid seasons, and only one was going to come out on top. The beginning of the fourth quarter is when the Red Raiders got the lead and began to pull away, winning 59-45.
“We made some adjustments against their zone in the second half,” said head coach Dan Dickens, as a response to tonight’s game. “We went out and got 40 points in the second half, that’s what we are capable of doing every night.”
The halftime score was low, 23-19, with the Braves holding the lead. The turn-around for the Red Raiders was about half way through the third quarter. Madison Suhr was fouled, making both free-throws. This brought the score to 30-27, with the Braves still leading. Shortly following this, Kurtis Haut was fouled only making one of his foul shots and then getting the ball back and sinking a three-pointer, bringing it to a one point game, 32-31.
Steve Gaffney then hit a long three, giving the Red Raiders their first lead since the first quarter. Zach Mauw for the Braves responded by making all of his free throws when he was fouled at the three point line. With merely seconds left in the third quarter Will Van Auken made a bank shot causing Red Raiders to come out on top for the third quarter, 35-34.
With four minutes left in the fourth, the Red Raiders were up by 9. To solidify the win, Tyler Hite got a technical foul after fouling out with two minutes left in the game. Kyle Kline hit both foul shots, to seal the victory.
Zach Mauw led the Braves with 19 points, but Kyle Kline played an amazing game tonight, having a total of 17 points for the Red Raiders.
“Defense was a big part of it, defense and rebounding; they were the biggest part of this game. We just had to stop them from scoring anymore points,” Kline said.
Caledonia looks forward to a big game away against York, Wednesday at 7pm.