By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville boys’ basketball team has played eight straight road games as of last Friday with the stretch having wrapped up last Tuesday night against Plum City and Friday in New Auburn. They were back home Monday night to play the Cornell Chiefs.
Blow out in Plum City
The Bulldogs were able to regroup and collect a win against the Blue Devils in a 48-27 victory through the help of a first quarter blow out.
The Blue Devils hardly stood a chance in the first quarter as the Bulldogs were unstoppable at the net with 21 points scored compared to Plum City who managed to score just two baskets.
The momentum continued into the second quarter as well with the Bulldogs scoring an additional 11 points while the Blue Devils had five to put the score at 32-9 going into the half.
Brady Schutts was on fire in the first half of the game as he drained a three, a deuce and had five of six free throws pass through the net.
The team seemed to slow down in the second half with seven points scored in the third quarter and nine in the fourth. The Blue Devils played their best game in the third quarter with 15 points scored, but fell apart in the fourth as they only scored one basket for three points.
As a team, the Bulldogs had 20 attempts at the free throw line with 13 of those being successful. They only allowed the Blue Devils five attempts, three of which were successful.
The points leaders for the Bulldogs were Mitch Leach with 13 from five deuces and three free throws and Schutts ended with 11 points.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Ryan Williams and Michael Lagerstrom each with eight points and Matt Leach and Zach Klassen each had four points.
The Bulldogs played an all around solid game of basketball last Friday night against the New Auburn Trojans as they won 62-50. The Trojans are currently leading the Lakeland-East conference with a 5-1 record.
The Bulldogs started strong and finished strong as they scored 18 points in both the first and fourth quarters. They then followed up with 16 points and ten points scored in the second and third.
The Trojans quickly fell behind by half time with the score at 34-20 through the help of Kuhn who blew up the net with five three pointers. The gap in score continued with it 44-33 after the third.
It became a game of fouls in the final quarter with 11 out of the 18 points scored by the Bulldogs coming from free throws. The Trojans had their best game with 17 points scored, but that clearly wasn’t enough.
As a team the Bulldogs had 20 tries at the foul line with 16 of those being successful. Lagerstrom was six for six and Kuhn, Williams and Klassen each were two for two which aided in their success.
Kuhn was the team’s leading shooter with 17 points from the five triples and two free throws. Lagerstrom had 13 points, Schutts had 12 points, Williams had ten points, Klassen and Justin Schulz had four points each and Mitch Leach had two points.
Win back at home
The Bulldogs were finally back at home on Monday night to host the Cornell Chiefs in another non-conference blowout of 48-25.
The first quarter showed no sign as to who the dominant team was as the Bulldogs were only ahead 10-8 with the help of an early three point shot from Lagerstrom.
The Bulldogs stepped up their game from there on out as they scored 17 points in the second quarter, ten in third and 11 in fourth. The Chiefs managed ten points in the second quarter, but it was all down hill from there as the Bulldogs allowed them just seven total points in final two quarters.
Lagerstrom had the game high of the night with 15 points scored from six deuces and one triple. Not far behind was Klassen with 11 points from five deuces and one free throw.
Collecting the rest of the points for the team were Mitch Leach with six, Schulz and Schutts with five each, Williams with four and Matt Leach had two.
The Bulldogs will host number two DSC ranked team, the Colfax Vikings, on Thursday night. They will then play their final road game in Spring Valley next Tuesday, January 29.