WARSAW — With a combination of tough perimeter defense and the ability to convert easy baskets in transition, the Cal-Mum Red Raiders rolled past the Warsaw Tigers Friday night, 80-27.
“We forced some turnovers and got some easy buckets,” Raiders head coach Dan Dickens said. “Plus we have [junior forward] Will Van Auken down low, and anything he gets in the paint with he scores on most of the time.”
Van Auken scored 20 points in the Raiders win, including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Senior guard Kurtis Haut and senior forward Chris Wilson each added 10 points to the Cal-Mum total.
The most impressive aspect of the game was the Raiders defense, as they allowed just three points in the first quarter and just two in the third. Haut, along with junior guards Kyle Preston and Jake McEwen, made it seemingly impossible for the Tigers to get into any sort of rhythm offensively.
“We’re pretty athletic,” Dickens said. “We were just trying to make things happen and get out in transition.”
With his team up 45-14 at halftime, Dickens was able to give some of his bench players more minutes in the second half, which may prove to be invaluable once sectionals begin. Junior guards Josh Neff, Marty Callan and Alex Polo, along with senior Matt Condame, combined for 23 points.
“Our bench has been playing really well the last four or five games, and it’s great to have. I think I’ve got eight or nine guys that can give us some good minutes come sectional time,” Dickens said.
Cal-Mum (15-1) will play at Pavilion on Feb. 10, a make-up game from early January.