Galena senior shooting guard Caleb Wood sank a 3-pointer that made it a one-possession game with about seven minutes left in the game, sparking the Grizzlies to a 75-62 comeback victory over Inderkum (Sacramento) in the championship game of the Rail City Classic.
Wood finished with 20 points Saturday at Sparks High to earn the tournament's most valuable player award.
"After halftime, Caleb was upset defensively with guys driving and shooting on him," Galena first-year coach Brian Voyles said. "He did a much better job on defense in the second half so his offense -- and everyone else's -- is easier when he does that."
Galena senior small forward Kirk Gunderson finished with a game-high 22 points and was inspired by a speech Voyles gave at halftime, when the Grizzlies trailed by 13.
"In the locker room, Coach gave us pretty good speech, and I think that just got us fired up," Gunderson said.
Galena (9-3) scored 46 points in the second half, led by Max Erickson, scored 14 of his 16 points after intermission.
Inversely, the Inderkum offense slowed down, scoring 23 points in the second half and relying on junior shooting guard Terrance White.
"Basically, they just turned the tide on us and became the more aggressive team in the second half," Inderkum coach Rodney Haymer said. "They started attacking the basket, we settled for jump shots and just weren't aggressive down the stretch."
White finished with a team-high 21 points.
"(White) was tough, because he's a good shooter from outside and he has great balance going to the whole," Voyles said. "We'll learn from guarding him and that team and try to bring more emotional energy next time so we don't fall behind like that again."
On the losers' bracket side of the Rail City Classic, Hug beat McQueen, 73-72, to cap the four-day event.