By Kelsie Hoitomt
HAMMOND — The Boyceville boys’ basketball team played one game this past week and won against the St. Croix Central Panthers 50-34.
The pace of the game was decided after the first quarter nerves were shook off. The Bulldogs then set their stride with the score at 23-14 going into the half and then 37-26 after the third quarter.
The boys played their best ball in the second and third quarters as they scored 14 points in each which was an entire team effort.
The final quarter was a defensive game as the Bulldogs allowed the Panthers to score just eight points. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs played smart and were able to get 12 foul attempts and which they drained nine of those.
As a team, the Bulldogs scored the majority of their points on free throws as they had a total of 34 attempts and were successful with 27 of those.
The Bulldogs played a controlled game and only allowed the Panthers 11 free throw attempts and six of those were successful.
At the line, Zach Klassen was six for six, Michael Lagerstrom was four for four, Brady Schutts made six out of eight, Jordan Kuhn made four out of six, Ryan Williams made five out of six and Mitch Leach made two out of three.
“I thought our players did a good job of forcing the issue and attacking when SCC was trying to spread out their defense on us. We battled foul trouble early also and had to back off more than I would have liked to, but we had players step up and they handled the ball. As we talk about in practice, games are won and lost from the line and they did an exceptional job last night,” shared coach Jay Lagerstrom.
Schutts was the Bulldog’s leading shooter of the night with 13 total points. Klassen had ten points, Lagerstrom and Kuhn each had seven points, Mitch Leach had six points, Williams had five points and Matt Leach had two points.