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Indians advance to semifinals, 43-29

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

Sanford’s Calder Larsen (13) goes for a jumper in the fourth quarter of Thursday morning’s win over Resurrection Christian. Courier photo by Eric R. Flores

Courier Sports Editor

PUEBLO—It took a couple of minutes for the Sanford offense to wake up in the first quarter but when it did, the Indians made the Cougars pay with a 43-29 win here at Massari Arena on Thursday morning.

The game started off with Resurrection Christian taking a 4-2 lead. With the clock at 2:44, junior Dalton Rodriguez tied the game at four. Those two points set the Indians on a 9-0 run that spanned into the second quarter and made the score 10-4 at the end of one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, junior Calder Larsen got hot; he scored seven straight points to help the Indians jump out to a 15-6 lead.

Freshman Miles Caldon offset three Cougar points to make the score 17-9 with two minutes left in the first half. The final minute had both teams on their feet as both teams were able to hit 3-pointers, senior Tommy Ervin for the Cougars and sophomore Clayton Peterson for the Indians. That made the halftime score 20-12.

Resurrection Christian came out to play early in the second half as they closed the gap to just four points, 21-17. They were able to capitalize on several Indian errors to get their five points, forcing Indian Head Coach Rhett Larsen to call a timeout with 4:17 left in the quarter. The timeout didn’t help as junior Brock Buxman connected on a 2-on-1 breakaway making the score 21-17.

Calder Larsen broke the run by the Cougars with 3:01 showing on the clock when he hit a 12-foot jumper from the far corner. That flustered the Cougars as they committed turnover after turnover. Caldon and Rodriguez opened up an 11-point gap as Caldon hit two free throws and Rodriguez and sophomore Clayton Peterson pulled up for deep 3-pointers. The score at the end of the third quarter was 30-19.

Play really picked up the final quarter when the Cougars attempted to close the gap and make it a game. The defensive pressure by the Cougars allowed them to pull within seven points, 36-29, but Caldon took control as he found himself wide open for a deep 3-pointer and, on the ensuing possession, connected on four free throw attempts to make the score 43-29. Resurrection Christian was able to close the score to 45-37 to end the game.

Caldon led the Indians with 14 points while Larsen finished with 13. Peterson scored eight points while Griffen Peterson scored two. Rodriguez scored seven and Chance Canty scored three. As a team, the Indians pulled in 25 rebounds. Dustin Faucette and Caldon led with seven each.

The Indians move on to Friday night’s semifinal game at Massari Arena where they will take on Denver Christian at 4 p.m.

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