Playing a pair of games over the Christmas break, the Elk Mound boys dropped both of them to teams from the Central Wisconsin Eight Conference including a 48-24 decision to Amherst and a heartbreaking 55-54 loss to Stevens Point Pacelli. Both games were part of the UW-Stevens Point Sentry Classic played Dec. 27-29.
The Falcons were 3-1 overall and 2-1 in their conference starting the tournament while the Mounders were 3-2 overall. It appeared every Elk Mound player except Brandon Bohl had trouble finding the basket however, as Bohl scored 16 of the team’s 24 points in the game. 15 of those points came from behind the arc as he nailed five of seven attempts and added a free throw for good measure. Elk Mound was down just 13-9 after the first quarter but single digit scoring in each of the last three quarters wasn’t enough to bring them any closer.
“We did not come out ready to play,” Mounder coach Chris Hahn said. “I was disappointed with the way we competed. We had no energy and we need to play a lot better than this if we are going to compete the rest of the season.”
AMHERST (48) T. Biadasz 9-2-4-20, G. Groshak 5-0-0-11, C. Gavike 3-1-1-7, C. Zblewski 2-0-0-4, A. McCall 1-0-0-2, H. Piotroviski 1-0-0-2, R. Strand 1-0-0-2
ELK MOUND (24) Bohl 5-1-2-16, C. Tyman 1-0-0-3, C. Pritchard 0-2-2-2, E. Strand 1-0-0-2, C. Schreiber 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Bohl 5, Tyman 1, Groshak 1
Stevens Point Pacelli
The Cardinals had already played 10 games on the season, winning just two of them but boasted a player who will be playing college ball in the future, that being James Gollon. Leading 18-11 after the first stanza with Bohl and Cole Tyman both scoring five points on a triple and a deuce, the Mounders doubled their lead to 32-16 at the half. They upped the lead to 19 points at 42-23 heading into the fourth with help from Tyman canning his fourth trey of the game, but things went south from there. Justin Erpenbach, after scoring 12 points in the game, went out with an injury early in the quarter and the Cardinals pretty much took the game over. After holding Gallon to nine points in the first three quarters, the Mounders allowed him to go on a tear and he scored 21 points in the final eight minutes which included five shots from behind the arc as he and his teammates outscored the Mounders 32-12 to sneak out the win.
“I thought we played some of our best basketball in the first three quarters,” Hahn said. “We played great team defense and limited Gollon to just a few points. When Justin got hurt, that seemed to really put our kids down and we made too many mistakes. We didn’t execute the adjustments we discussed and we let Gollon get too many open looks. He is too good of a player to leave open. Our mistakes seem to keep building in the fourth quarter and we need to learn from them and be a better team in January,” he added.
Bohl again led the Mounders in the scoring department with 17 points while Tyman added 14 along with Erpenbach’s 12. The Mounders were 13 of 23 from the charity stripe while the Cardinals were five of 11.
PACELLI (55) Gollon 12-1-1-30, J. Elliot 2-2-2-7, T. Flugaur 2-0-0-3, C. Shibilski 2-0-2-4, Z. Wysocki 2-0-3-4, P. Rath 1-1-1-3, C. Hintz 0-1-2-1
ELK MOUND (54) Bohl 5-4-7-17, Tyman 5-0-2-14, Erpenbach 5-2-6-12, A. Hollister 1-3-4-5, N. Zurbuchen 1-2-2-4, C. Svee 0-2-2-2
THREE POINTERS: Gollon 5, Tyman 4, Bohl 3, Flugaur 2, Elliot 1