The Caledonia Warriors used a late push in the first half to push their lead to 10 points, en route to a 70-57 victory over the Pine Island Panthers in the first game at the Mayo Civic Auditorium Saturday.

The Warriors and Panthers started the game fairly slow, but Owen King was able to get the Warriors going, scoring 19 points in the first half, finishing the game with 26. He helped ignite a run by Caledonia that gave them a 10-point lead at the break.

The Panthers were leading the game early, 11-9, but Caledonia was able to pick up the pace, get a couple stops and score in transition to take a 24-18 lead. That lead continue to increase in the first half.

In the second half, the Warriors pushed their lead to 41-26 right out of the gate, but the Panthers were able to start their comeback. Pine Island road the back of Broc Finstuen, as he was attacking the rim and helped cut the lead to four - 49-45. Finstuen led the way for the Panthers with 23 points.

Luke Lonien / TSM Rochester
Luke Lonien / TSM Rochester

After cutting the lead to four, the Warriors picked up the pace again, got stops late and hit shots at the free-throw line to break out to a 70-57 victory. The Warriors did a great job of taking their time on offense, and not allowing the Panthers to dictate the pace of the game. The Warriors took what was given to them, and executed that game plan.

The Warriors play the Lake City Tigers in the Section 1AA Title game on Thursday!

KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Caledonia) - Owen King

KFIL Subway Player of the Game (Pine Island) - Broc Finstuen

Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball - Noah King (Caledonia)

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