Mounders pick up two quick wins over Boyceville, Assumption
In less than a 24 hour span, the Elk Mound boys’ basketball team upped their overall record to 6-2 with a 68-53 win over the Boyceville Bulldogs Friday night, Jan. 8, then traveled to Wisconsin Rapids the next day for a matinee game and came home with a 64-43 victory over the Assumption Royals.
The Mounders used their 1-3-1- zone defense to perfection to keep the Bulldogs’ offense out of sync most of the game and with Dane Lew draining a trio of triples to go with five deuces from Ben Lambele, they held a 37-23 halftime advantage. Elk Mound made sure there was not going to be any comeback from the Bulldogs as they pushed their lead to 33 points in the first eight minutes of the second half to put the game away early.
“We did a good job of speeding Boyceville up and forcing them to take shots we wanted them to take,” Mounder coach Chris Hahn said. “Ben Lambele played one of his best games of the year creating havoc at the top of our zone and Dylan Black handled the point guard position very well for us. Getting a big lead was important for us so we could rest our starters and allow several other players to get in the game with another game the next day,” he added.
Lambele led the Mounders with 12 points to go with 11 from Black. As a team, they hit eight shots from behind the arc and were 10 for 18 at the foul line. Micadin Kahl scored 16 points which included four treys to lead the Bulldogs.
ELK MOUND (68) Lambele 5-2-5-12, Black 4-1-1-11, Lew 3-0-0-9, B. Bohl 3-1-2-9, C. Tyman 2-2-2-6, C. Pritchard 3-0-1-6, C. Svee 2-0-0-4, C. Schreiber 1-1-2-4, B. Redwine 1-2-3-4, A. Hollister 1-0-0-2, E. Johnson 0-1-2-1
BOYCEVILLE (53) Kahl 5-0-0-16, L. Knudtson 5-2-3-12, H. Anderson 4-1-2-11, B. Boda 2-1-2-6, B. Hanested 2-2-4-6, S. Hellmann 1-0-0-2
The Royals were 3-5 overall and play out of a very competitive Marawood South Conference which had coach Hahn a little nervous before the contest started. But his worries were put to rest when his players attacked the basket early on and scored seven close range shots and combined that with six triples to give them a 32-23 halftime lead. Five different players combined for those long range shots including Lew with a pair while Carter Pritchard, Brandon Bohl, Cole Tyman and Chandler Schreiber all drained one of their own.
Lambele found the range in the second half with 12 of his 14 points of the game coming from around the hoop while Tyman scored from all over with a triple, a deuce and a pair of free throws. The Mounder defense came through again by holding Assumption to just 20 points with eight coming from the charity stripe.
“Our kids responded by playing a fantastic game with less then 24 hours rest,” Hahn said. “Tyman gave us a lot of energy and was attacking the basket all game. Colin Svee does so many things for us that don’t show up in the box score but he gave us a strong inside presence which we need to help balance our offense.”
Lew matched Lambele’s effort with 14 points and Tyman added 12. Elk Mound attempted just five free throws in the contest and hit two of them while Assumption was 11 for 16 for the game. Elk Mound returns to conference play when they play at Colfax this Thursday, Jan. 14.
ELK MOUND (64) Lew 6-0-0-14, Lambele 7-0-0-14, Tyman 4-2-3-12, Svee 4-0-0-8, Bohl 2-0-5, Schreiber 2-0-1-5, Pritchard 1-0-0-3, Black 1-0-0-3
ASSUMPTION (43) J. Grundhoffer 4-5-7-13, T. Newton 4-2-2-11, J. Sullivan 3-0-0-7, B. Baltus 1-1-1-3, N. Clark 1-1-2-3, N. Weisenbeck 1-0-0-2, J. trickey 0-1-2-1, B. Birkhauser 0-1-2-1
THREE POINTERS: Tyman 2, Pritchard 1, Black 1, Bohl 1, Schreiber 1, Sullivan 1, Newton 1