By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville boys basketball team earned their first Dunn-St. Croix Conference “W” after upsetting the Mondovi Buffaloes 51-39 last Thursday, January 15.
That win was just what they needed for a morale boost after losing to Turtle Lake two days before 40-38.
After the Bulldogs’ game in Mondovi, they were on the road again Saturday with a trip to Elmwood that ended in a one point loss of 44-43 to the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves.
Starting the week in TL
The Bulldogs led for 24 minutes against the Lakeland-Central Lakers. They were ahead 9-7 after the first quarter, then 16-10 by the half and 28-18 going into the fourth.
Their ten point lead changed when out of no where, it seemed, the Lakers went off on offense and scored 22 points to the Bulldogs’ ten.
The Lakers offense scored four triples, four doubles and two free throws for their two point victory of 40-38.
Scoring wise, the Bulldogs started off with four doubles in the first quarter by Hunter Anderson, Jake McIntyre and Brett Boda; Anderson also had a free throw.
Then in the second quarter, Sam Hellmann had two doubles and a free throw and then Justin Schulz dropped one in for their seven points.
Out of the half time break, Brady Schutts and Hellmann each drove in two buckets and Schulz and Anderson each had one for a total of 12 team points.
The game ended with the Bulldogs scoring three doubles; two from Schulz and one free throw, one from Hellmann and then three free throws from Schutts.
Hellmann led the team in points with 11 from his five doubles and one free throw. Then it was Schulz with nine from four doubles and one free throw.
Schutts finished with six, Anderson had five, McIntyre had four and Boda had two.
Buffaloes taste defeat
The Bulldogs played a solid three quarters of basketball in Mondovi, but had one bad run in the second quarter.
Thankfully, it happened in the middle of the game and not at the end so they were able to recover nicely and take the win.
The first quarter of the game had the Bulldogs on top 16-10. The second quarter was a flop with just six points posted to the Buffaloes’ 12, which put the score at 22-22 going into the half.
Schutts was hot on the court with three doubles and two free throws. McIntyre also started off strong with two doubles and two free throws of his own. Anderson also knocked in one double.
In the second, it was a basket each from McIntyre, Mitch Leach and Schutts that gave the Bulldogs their six team points before the half.
Out of the break, the score yo-yo’d back into the Bulldog’s favor after Mondovi had their one bad quarter. The Bulldogs scored 13 points to Mondovi’s six for a 35-28 lead after the third.
The Bulldogs were aggressive under the net with six shots pushed up and in for 12 points and then Schutts had a single free throw.
The game ended with Leach finishing strong for his team with three out of four free throws scored along with three doubles. Schutts had one double as well and then McIntyre, Anderson and Boda scored free throws.
Leach and Schutts shared the title of points leader for that game with 15 from both of them. Schutts had six doubles and was three for three from the line. Leach also had six doubles and was three for four from the line.
McIntyre followed with ten from his three doubles and he was four out of five from the line. Anderson had two doubles and two free throws for six. Boda had one double and one free throw and Schulz had one double.
Bitter one point loss
The Bulldogs’ loss to the Wolves left a bitter taste in their mouth after being defeated by just one point 44-43.
The Bulldogs attempted to redeem themselves with a game Tuesday night at home against Central.
That was the first of a four game home stretch with Friday’s game against Spring Valley and then Saturday they will host Stanley-Boyd.