By Kelsie Hoitomt
ELK MOUND — The Boyceville boys basketball team played just one game this past week, which was a road trip to Elk Mound to take on the 3-1 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mounders.
The Bulldogs lost the contest by 23 points in the 53-30 final last Thursday, December 18.
They trailed 13-8 after the first period with Brett Boda scoring four of the eight points for the team by two doubles.
Sam Hellmann drove in a basket and Brady Schutts made two foul shots for the rest.
The five point deficit turned into a 22 point difference going into the half time break after the Mounders posted 22 points in the second period against Boycevilles’ five.
That one period was the game changer for the Bulldogs. They came out of the break and played match for match against the Mounders in the second half, which could have potentially tied the game or been a win.
Both teams posted just three points in the third period and then the Mounders outscored the Bulldogs by just one in the fourth with a 15-14 point difference.
Offensively scoring back in the second period were Boda and Jake McIntyre. Boda had a double and one free throw shot and McIntyre hit both of his free throws.
The mere three points posted in the third period were by a bunny shot from Justin Schulz and then a single bucket from McIntyre again.
In order to get the ball back in their possession, their play became a bit extreme with several fouls called.
Out of the 15 points the Mounders scored, eight of those were free throws and six more of them were missed.
The Bulldogs took just two free throw shots in the final period and both of those were made by Schutts.
Hellmann finished with two doubles and McIntyre, Mitch Leach, Boda and Micaden Kahl each had one.
The Bulldogs finished as a team with 11 doubles and eight free throws.
Boda had the team high in points with nine on his four doubles and one free throw. Hellmann followed with six from three doubles. McIntyre had five from one double and three free throws. Schutts had four free throws. And Leach, Schulz and Kahl each scored their two points shots.
The Bulldogs have no games scheduled this week, but they will resume on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 for an invitation at Clayton High School that is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Monday and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.