By Kelsie Hoitomt
The Boyceville boys basketball team traveled to Colfax last Tuesday night and they left with their heads held high after they upset the Vikings in a 39-37 victory.
They turned around and had to face off against the Elk Mound Mounders Friday night with a contest at home that ended in a loss of 51-39.
In December the Bulldogs played both teams back to back and lost, but they were able to secure redemption for at least one contest.
Upset in Viking territory
It was a nail biter Tuesday night with the slight lead the Bulldogs carried throughout the entire game.
In the first quarter, they were ahead 11-8 with a basket and two free throws from Jake McIntyre, a double from Tyler Draeger, Mitch Leach and Brady Schutts and then one free throw by Hunter Anderson.
The free throws continued well into the second quarter with four of their ten points scored on fouls.
Leach banked one off the glass for two and then hit a free throw. Justin Schulz put down two free throws and Schutts had one of his own. Brett Boda got in the action as well with a two point shot of his own.
The score was 21-19 going into the half, but the Bulldogs put some cushion in between them for the first time in the third quarter when they allowed the Vikings just three baskets for five points.
The Bulldogs scored four baskets of their own with a double from Boda, Anderson and two from Leach for a five point lead going into the fourth.
The scoreboard read 29-24 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs held possession of the ball and were brought to the line, which sent them to victory.
They successfully made six free throws out of 13 attempts compared the to the Vikings who had just two tries from the line in the final eight minutes of play.
McIntyre sunk two free throws, Leach had two and Schutts and Anderson each had one. McIntyre and Leach also had a bucket for two points as well.
Leach led in points with 13 from five doubles and he finished three for four from the line. McIntyre followed with ten from his three doubles and four out of six free throws.
Schutts, Anderson and Boda each finished with four points and then Draeger and Schulz had two points.
Bulldogs upset at home
The Mounders were sitting right in the middle of the pack after their victory Friday night over the Bulldogs. As of Monday, the Bulldogs were at 3-7 and the Mounders bumped to 6-5 in the D-SC.
The Bulldogs led the first quarter and that was it for the remainder of the contest. They scored nine points to start with McIntyre putting up two doubles and a free throw and Boda and Schutts each made a two point shot.
That gave them a one point lead as the Mounders posted eight points. The score changed in the second quarter when the Mounders put up four more points than the Bulldogs.
At the half, the Bulldogs trailed 20-17 after Leach drove in three baskets and Boda had another one for eight points.
The scale tipped even further towards the Mounders out of the break when they put up 17 points in the third quarter against the Bulldogs’ nine. That set the course towards victory with the score at 37-26.
Anderson scored the first three pointer in the third after making the teams first free throws as well. McIntyre scored the remainder of the points with two doubles.
The Bulldogs played their best ball in the fourth quarter with 13 points scored. Boda hit two threes and Draeger had one of his own. Leach had one double and then Schulz and Schutts each made one free throw.
The Mounders finished the game with 14 points by one triple, four doubles and three free throws for the final of 51-39.
As a team, the Bulldogs scored a total of 11 doubles, four triples and they finished with five free throws made out of nine.
Boda led with ten from his two doubles and two triples McIntyre followed with nine from four doubles and one free throw. Leach had four doubles for eight. Anderson had two free throws and one triple for five. Schutts and Draeger each finished with three and Schulz had the one free throw.
The Bulldogs were home Monday night for a non-conference game against Luck. They will then be back home on Thursday to face off against the Glenwood City Hilltoppers.
The following week they will travel to Mondovi on Tuesday, February 17.