By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville boys’ basketball team played three games this past week on the road with the first in Elmwood last Tuesday, then against St. Croix Central on Friday and lastly they were in Bruce on Saturday.
Loss to Raiders
Tuesday’s (Feb. 4) game against the Raiders did not end in the Bulldogs’ favor as they lost 53-44. The Raiders were 0-11 in the conference prior to their win.
The game started out with the Bulldogs’ trailing by 12 points with the first quarter score set at 16-4 after Brady Schutts posted the team’s only points from two doubles.
The roles reversed in the second and the Bulldogs outscored the Raiders by a two-fold after posting 16 points against their seven. This was enough to put the Bulldogs behind by just three points.
The score at the half-time break was 23-20 and that changed to 34-22 after eight minutes of play.
The third quarter was the game changer for the Bulldogs after they scored just two points from the help of Justin Schulz who had a double.
Despite coming back with 22 points points in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs couldn’t catch up to the Raiders who posted an additional 19 to win the game.
Schulz and Schutts were the leading scorers for the Bulldogs with 13 points each. Schulz had four doubles, one triple and two free throws. Schutts finished with five doubles and three free throws.
Following them was Tyler Draeger with seven points from one triple and two doubles. Jordan Kuhn had six points from two triples. Jake McIntyre had a triple and Hunter Anderson had one double.
Win over SCC
The Bulldogs squeezed out a one point win over the St. Croix Central Panthers last Friday with a final of 47-46.
Their win put their record at 3-10 in the conference and bumped the Panthers to 2-11.
The Bulldogs managed to outscore the Panthers by just a handful of points in the first half of the game after they posted 15 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second for a 32-25 lead.
Their offensive momentum took a dive coming out of the half time break as they scored just three points from a deuce and a free throw.
The Panthers posted 14 of their own, which was enough to give them their first quarter lead of 39-35.
In the fourth quarter, Kuhn and McIntyre each drained a three to help put the team ahead. Kuhn was also fouled and scored both his shots and Schutts put down two free throws as well.
Anderson contributed to the team with a shot off the glass, which accounted for a total of 12 points scored in the fourth.
The Bulldogs held the Panthers to seven points scored in the fourth. A clean defense by the Bulldogs was a big contributing factor to their win as they allowed the Panthers to have only three attempts at the line.
Kuhn and McIntyre scored over half the team’s points with 15 each. Kuhn had three triples, two doubles and two free throws. McIntyre had three triples and three doubles.
Schutts followed with eight from four free throws and two doubles. Anderson had two doubles for four. Schulz had one double and one free throw and Draeger had one double.
The Red Raiders from Bruce are ranked number two in their Lakeland-East Conference with a current record of 6-2 and 9-8 overall. They beat the Bulldogs by five points in the 45-40 final.
The Red Raiders had a huge first quarter performance with 22 points scored against the Bulldogs’ 12.
However, their lead was short lived after the Bulldogs held them to just two baskets, which put the score at 26-24 at the half.
Out of the locker room, the Red Raiders outscored the Bulldogs by a two-fold after they posted 12 points compared to Boyceville’s six.
The Bulldogs were down by eight points going into the fourth quarter and they were not able to recover despite scoring two triples, a double and two free throws.
The Bulldogs finished with eight doubles, seven triples and three free throws, bringing their total to 40 points.
Schutts led in points with nine from two triples, one double and one free throw. Kuhn and Sam Hellmann followed with eight each; Kuhn had two threes and one double and Hellmann had two free throws and three doubles.
Schulz finished with seven points from two doubles and one triple. Draeger had five from one three and one double and Anderson had one triple.
The Bulldogs will be back on the court this Thursday, February 13 for a game in Glenwood City. Following that, they will wrap up their streak of away games on Tuesday, February 18 with a game in Mondovi.