Bulldogs take one on the chin at home and on the road

By Kelsie Hoitomt

The Boyceville boys’ basketball team hosted the Spring Valley Cardinals last Tuesday and then traveled to Elmwood Friday evening.

Blowout in Elmwood

The Raiders were victorious in the game last Friday evening as they defeated the Bulldogs in a 30 point upset of 69-39.

The Bulldogs struggled to play a complete four quarter game as they only scored five points in the first quarter and nine points in the fourth. Their best ball was played in the middle of the game with a combined 25 points scored in the second and third quarters.

“Elmwood is one of the better teams in the area and will be a real contender for conference and playoff titles considering they beat Colfax last week. They hit six threes in the first and we did not make our shots which put us into an early deficit that made it real tough to be patient on offense,” explained coach Jay Lagerstrom.

The Raiders scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and then dominated again in the third quarter with 23 points scored, which put the score at 51-30 going into the fourth quarter.

Elmwood made 11 three point shots compared to Boyceville’s two and they had four players who each scored over ten points.

The Bulldogs leading shooters were Michael Lagerstrom and Jordan Kuhn who each had eight points. Lagerstrom had three deuces and was two for three on free throws. Kuhn made one deuce and two triples.

Also scoring for the team were Matt Leach and Ryan Williams with six points each, Brady Schutts had four points, Mitch Leach, Tyler Draeger and Jake McIntyre had two points each and Zach Klassen had a free throw.

“We have played a very tough early season schedule, but that should make us better for our upcoming schedule. We started our first of nine straight away games at Elmwood which won’t make it easier, but I think we will still be a solid group and things will start evening themselves out,” said coach Lagerstrom.

Loss at home

The Bulldogs didn’t have the momentum to keep up with the Cardinals until the final quarter of the game which wasn’t enough as they lost 48-56.

The Bulldogs scored just 13 points in the first half of the game to put the score at 13-33. The boys scored 12 points in the third quarter, but again that wasn’t enough to close the gap as it was 25-42 going into the final four minutes.

The flame was finally ignited in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs scored 23 points from a combined effort by Lagerstrom, Kuhn, Brady Schutts, Williams and Mitch Leach.

“We made a defensive adjustment at half that worked well and the boys played extremely hard as they didn’t quit and made a good game out of it at the end but it was just too deep of a hole that we had to dig out of,” said coach Lagerstrom.

Mitch Leach was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 12 points from five deuces and two free throws. Lagerstrom, who has been the Bulldogs’ leading shooter, had 11 points from three deuces and one triple. Kuhn had ten points on two deuces and two triples. Schutts had seven points on two triples and one free throw. Williams scored four points from a deuce and two free throws. And Matt Leach and Klassen each had two points.

“We played very poorly defensively in the first quarter which allowed them too many easy looks and second chance shots and then when we got down we tried to force the issue offensively. We are still trying to find out identity defensively, but there’s a lot of ball left to play and we will get better,” explained coach Lagerstrom.