By Kelsie Hoitomt
CLAYTON – The Boyceville boys basketball team played at the tournament hosted by the Clayton High School on December 27 and 28. They beat Northwood in their first contest and then lost to Siren.
The Northwood Evergreens are a Lakeland-Central Conference team that finished 3-9 last year and were 4-3 overall at the time of the game. The Bulldogs won the contest 57-44.
The game started with the Bulldogs ahead by a mere two points with a 8-6 first quarter score. The lead increased by one point in the second quarter with an 11-8 score.
It wasn’t until the second half that some liveliness was brought to the court. The Bulldogs posted 18 points from the help of Jordan Kuhn who was on fire outside the arch as he drained four three-point shots.
The Evergreens were hot on the court as well as they posted 20 points of their own, which kept the score to a three-point margin with the Bulldogs ahead 37-34.
The Evergreens lost their momentum in the fourth quarter however and scored just ten points compared to the Bulldogs’ 20.
Brady Schutts posted nine points and teammate Jake McIntyre drained a three along with four other shots for seven points to assist in the Bulldogs win in the final eight minutes.
Schutts led the team in points with 18 from five doubles and he was successful with eight out of 11 attempts at the free throw line.
Behind him was Kuhn with 15 points from an impressive, five three-point shots. McIntyre followed with 11 points from three doubles, one triple and two free throws. Hunter Anderson had seven points from three doubles and a free throw and Justin Schulz finished with six points from three doubles.
The second game of the weekend was against the Siren Dragons, a Lakeland-West team that was 2-10 in the conference last season and 3-1 at the time of the game.
It was an even match-up in the first quarter with both teams scoring six points; Schutts, McIntyre and Tyler Draeger scored for the Bulldogs.
The Dragons’ offense took off in the second quarter and they gained their first lead of the game after posting 18 points.
The Bulldogs only put down two baskets; a trey by Schulz and a double from Kuhn to put the half-time score at 24-11.
McIntyre came out strong in the second half for the Bulldogs with five doubles in the third quarter, which accounted for ten of the team’s 13 points. Schulz added a three-point basket in the quarter as well.
Despite their 13 points, the Dragons followed up with 17 of their own to put the score at 41-24.
The Bulldogs played their best offensive game in the fourth quarter with 21 points scored included three treys, one each from Kuhn, Schutts and Schulz.
The Dragons were consistent however and put down 17 points, 11 of which were from free throws, to give them the win.
McIntyre finished highest in points for the Bulldogs with 16 from his eight doubles. Behind him was Schulz with 11 points from three treys and one double.
Following them was Kuhn with seven points from two doubles and one triple, Schutts had five points from one trey and one double, Brett Boda had four points from two doubles and Draeger finished with two points from the one basket.
Now that the winter break is over, the Bulldogs resumed their regular play with a conference game at home against Glenwood City Tuesday (Jan. 7). They will be at home again on Friday (Jan. 10) to host Mondovi with both varsity games starting at 7:30 p.m.