With help from 13 three point shots, the Mounder boys took care of the Spring Valley Cardinals with a 60-41 win at home Feb. 3, then traveled to Boyceville to take on the Bulldogs three days later. The three pointers were still falling for the Mounders as they connected for 10 of them and left the Doghouse with a 51-39 win.
To say Elk Mound’s Cole Tyman was hot from three point land wasn’t an exaggeration after he connected on five of them in the first quarter alone, and with one from Brandon Bohl along with a deuce each from Alex Hollister and Justin Erpenbach, the Mounders were up 22-8.
Bohl added two more triples in the second stanza to go with another from Tyman and two more short range shots by Erpenbach as the Mounders held a 35-24 halftime advantage.
The treys continued to fall as Dane Lew and Tyman each hit one, allowing Elk Mound to extend their lead to 14 points after three quarters at 48-34. Lew and Noah Zurbuchen connected from long range in the final eight minutes while Hollister added an old fashioned three point play, helping them finish off the lop sided win.
“We shot the ball really well from the three point line and I thought our energy was better then it has been lately,” coach Chris Hahn said. “It’s a lot easier to play hard when you’re shooting well but we need to learn how to play hard when the ball isn’t falling so we can give ourselves a chance to win.”
Tyman led the Mounders with a career high 24 points with Erpenbach adding 11. Jake Helmer finished with 17 for the Cardinals.
ELK MOUND (60) Tyman 8-1-2-24, Erpenbach 5-1-2-11, Bohl 3-0-0-9, Hollister 3-1-3-7, Lew 2-0-0-6, Zurbuchen 1-0-0-3
SPRING VALLEY (41) Helmer 8-1-2-17, S. Green 4-0-0-11, S. Borgerding 2-4-4-8, L. Olson 1-0-0-2, N. Kalmes 1-0-0-2, P. Cipriano 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Tyman 7, Bohl 3, Green 3, Lew 2, Zurbuchen 1
This go around saw Lew and Bohl on fire from long range and quite consistently as they combined to hit nine triples in 18 attempts for 50% shooting. Bohl drained five and Lew four, with each of them hitting two in the first half to help the Mounders hold a slight 20-17 advantage at the break.
“Boyceville did a nice job in the first half playing solid defense against us,” Hahn said. “They did some things we hadn’t seen this year but we executed some of our halftime adjustments and pulled away in the third quarter.
Apparently those adjustments were to keep shooting from behind the arc as Bohl canned three more treys, Lew and Tyman both knocked one down and with a pair of free throws by Hollister, Elk Mound took a double digit lead at 37-26 at the end of the third stanza. Boyceville made a run with three triples of their own in the final eight minutes. But, the Mounders started pounding the ball inside. With two deuces by Tyman, one each by Bohl and Erpenbach, two Hollister free tosses and a single by Zurbuchen, they earned the 12 point win.
Bohl finished with 17 points for the Mounders to go with 12 from Lew and 11 by Tyman. Elk Mound hit seven of 13 from the charity stripe while Boyceville was five of nine.
ELK MOUND (51) Bohl 6-0-0-17, Lew 4-0-1-12, Tyman 4-2-2-11, Hollister 1-4-6-6, Erpenbach 2-0-2-4, Zurbuchen 0-1-2-1
BOYCEVILLE (39) B. Boda 4-0-0-10, J. McIntyre 4-1-3-9, M. Leach 4-0-0-8, H. Anderson 1-2-2-5, B. Schutts 1-1-2-3, T. Draeger 1-0-0-3, J. Schultz 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Bohl 5, Lew 4, Boda 2, Tyman 1, Anderson 1, Draeger 1