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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville boys’ basketball squad got the 2018-19 season underway this past week with victories in two of its three non-conference games.
The Bulldogs tipped off the new hardwood campaign at home November 26 with some offensive fireworks in a 75-58 win over the Alma/Pepin Eagles that featured 11 three-pointers by Boyceville.
Three days later, Boyceville pulled off a one-point road victory in Prairie Farm last Thursday evening, November 30, after rallying from a 17-point deficit with ten minutes left in the game. The Bulldogs nipped the Panthers, 64-63, for their second straight win.
Joining teams from around the region, Boyceville looked to make it three straight wins when it traveled to Menomonie Saturday, December 1 to play in the UW-Stout Northwest Tip-Off Tournament against the Unity Eagles. The Eagles dominated the game, however, and soared to lopsided 71-29 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs hosted Bruce this past Monday evening, December 3, to begin a three-game home stand that also includes the Dunn-St. Croix conference opener against Elk Mound this Thursday and Elmwood/Plum City next Tuesday, December 11.
The Bulldog boys opened their season home last Monday evening, November 26, against Alma/Pepin and netted a 75-58 win.
“We played really well out of the gate, we were moving the ball extremely well while taking care of it,” said head coach Austin Donahue. “The fact we shot the ball around 65 percent in the first half helped us a little bit too!”
Brendan Sempf started his season off strong, making six threes against the Eagles, as well as two field goals and a pair of free throws.
The Boyceville defense was stingy particularly in the first half of the game, holding Alma/Pepin to 19 points and only one three-pointer throughout the entire game.
“The second half started a bit slow as we faded from our defensive principals and allowed easy baskets and second chance points,” Donahue explained. “We showed integrity and eventually made some stops, put the ball in the hoops and created a comfortable difference on the score board.”
Jaden Reisimer and Brady Nye added ten points a piece, Nye collected two triples and Reisimer was one of two from the foul line and had three field goals.
Adding an additional eight points to the Bulldogs tally was junior Cade Klefstad, who scored four doubles in the win against Alma/Pepin.
“Two guys that really did everything for us were Jaden and Cade. The ten and eight points from each of them doesn’t do justice of the game they played,” Donahue stated. “Overall it was a good team win. Everyone played an important roll and it’s a great way to start our season, but it’s time to get back to work and make improvements.”
BOYCEVILLE 75, ALMA/PEPIN 58
Boyceville……..……………….44 31 – 75
Alma/Pepin……………………..19 39 – 58
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville— J. Reisimer 3-1-4-10, C. Sempf 2-0-0-4, B. Sempf 2-2-2-24, B. Danovsky 1-0-0-2, L. Knudtson 5-1-4-14, W. Link 0-0-0-3, C. Klefstad 4-0-1-8, B. Nye 2-0-4-10.
Alma/Pepin— B. Quinton 0-2-0-2, T, Milton 7-7-2-21, J. Pearson 2-0-3-4, E. Brecka 0-1-3-7, L. Wieczorek 1-0-2-2, J. Hetrick 6-4-0-16, J. Riesgraf 3-0-2-6.
THREE-POINTERS BV— B. Sempf 6, L. Knudtson 1, W. Link 1, B. Nye 2, J. Reismer 1; AP— E. Brecka 2.
In Boyceville’s second game of the week and season, the Bulldogs made their way north on November 29 to challenge the Prairie Farm Panthers and returned with a last-second, 64-63, win.
“We came out and started the game the complete opposite of how we wanted, flat would be the word to describe it,” said coach Austin Donahue. “We didn’t follow the game plan, didn’t shoot the ball well and got in a hole early.”
Senior Jaden Reismer sizzled the net chords to the tune of 37 points to lead all scorers. Reismer knocked down six triples and eight doubles during last Thursday’s game.
Brendan Sempf put up three triples and hit the backboard for two doubles, Sempf’s brother Connor scored five points.
“We talked during halftime about picking each other up and getting back to the game plan,” coach Donahue said of the Bulldogs, who trailed by 11 at the intermission and fell behind by as many as 17 points.
“We were a whole different team in the second, we were down by one with ten seconds left. We drew something up and Brendan Sempf made a great play and got a layup in the last second.”
Brady Nye and Bailey Danovsky got in the mix of thing putting up 12 points between the pair, Nye hit the net for a pair of triples and Danovsky sunk a double.
“This is a huge win for us on the road, battled through adversity of not playing well and missing a key contributor and coming back to win,” Donahue explained.
BOYCEVILLE 64, PRAIRIE FARM 63
Boyceville……..……………….23 41 – 64
Prairie Farm……………………..34 29 – 63
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 8-0-2-37, C. Sempf 1-0-0-5, B. Sempf 2-0-4-13, B. Danovsky 1-0-4-2, B. Nye 2-0-5-10.
Prairie Farm— M. Seeger 1-0-1-5, D. Harren 0-2-5-5, J. Nelson 8-6-0-22, C. Christenson 8-0-1-19, N. Whitman 5-0-3-10.
THREE-POINTERS BV— B. Sempf 3, B. Nye 2, J. Reismer 6, C. Sempf 1; PF— M. Seeger 1, D. Harren 1,C. Christenson 1.
Unity at UW-Stout
The Bulldogs took to the road for the second time in a week and headed to Menomonie last Saturday morning, December 1, for the Northwest Tip-Off Tournament at the UW-Stout Johnson Fieldhouse to take on the Unity Eagles.
Boyceville struggled to get a game going putting up just 12 points in the first half and 29 points overall. The defense was unable to stop the Eagles and Unity earned a lopsided win, 71-29.
Jaden Reismer led the Bulldogs with two doubles and three triples and an overall point total of 13.
Brendan and Connor Sempf were quiet throughout the game putting up just four points a piece. Brendan hit the backboard for a double and two free-throws, while Connor sunk the ball for two doubles.
Adding to the Bulldogs points was senior forward, Brady Nye, hitting the net for three doubles in the loss to Unity.
Unity players Cullen Feist and Dan Sorenson each hit the board for more than 20 points a piece in their win.
BOYCEVILLE 29, UNITY 71
Boyceville……..……………….12 17 – 29
Unity……….……………………..35 36 – 71
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 2-0-1-13, C. Sempf 2-0-1-4, B. Sempf 1-2-1-4, C. Klefstad 1-0-4-2, B. Nye 0-0-5-9.
Unity— J. Flaherty 4-1-2-12, A. Weihe 1-0-1-2, T. Teschendorf 1-1-2-3, L. Flaherty 2-1-0-3, Z. Peterson 0-1-0-1, Z. Collins 2-0-0-4, C. Feist 9-2-2-20, D. Sorensen 11-2-2-24
THREE-POINTERS BV— B. Nye 3, J. Reismer 3; U— J. Flaherty 1.