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Day 4: Caledonia beats Austin boys in classic

Yet another game came down to free throws for Austin, but it was a charge drawn by the Caledonia defense that allowed them to come away with a 54-53 victory in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Colton Lampert, playing in just his second game this season, got in position in front of Zach Coffey to get the charge call shortly after Austin’s Nik Gasner drilled a 3-pointer to make it a 52-50 Caledonia lead with 1:09 to play.

Both Gach attempted to miss a third free throw attempt with less than a second remaining, but it banked in and Caledonia was able to secure the win.

Caledonia (8-1), ranked third in the MSHSL 1AA state poll, didn’t score until nearly seven minutes into the opening half and trailed 11-0, but used the final eleven minutes of the first to its advantage, taking a 33-22 lead into the locker room.

Austin Bauer and Owen King both scored 15 points for Caledonia, while Gach Gach had another outstanding game, finishing with 23 for Austin (5-6).

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Day 3: Simley over Austin boys in thriller

It was a hard-fought, defensive affair, but despite a clutch 3-pointer, free throw and thirteen-second half points from Austin’s Gach Gach, his heave at the end of regulation careened off the top of the backboard to give Simley a 52-49 victory over Austin in the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Monday.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Simley (6-4), but not without dramatics at the conclusion of the game.

Down 49-44 with a minute to play, Austin’s Dylan Gasner drew a foul on a 3-pointer that he drilled, and the subsequent free throw made it a one-point game in favor of the Spartans.

Jack Stensgard then made one of two free throws, Gach missed a bonus opportunity at the other end, and Ben Scheffley’s free throw gave Simley a 52-49 advantage that stood up when Gach’s long distance toss proved long.

Stensgard was one of three players to score in double figures for Simley with 16 points, while Sam Stensgard had 11 and Matthew Amspoker finished with 10.

Gach led all scorers with 19, including 13 in the second half, with only Nik Gasner and Levi Vierkandt scoring as many as five points for Austin (5-5).

For a DVD copy of the game, simply visit hbci.com/store for details.