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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — At first the game looked to be a runaway victory for the Mounders as they catapulted to an 18-2 lead in last Thursday’s Dunn-St. Croix conference boys’ basketball opener at the Dog House in Boyceville.
That lead eventually grew to a 33-8 advantage for Elk Mound with a little under six minutes remaining in the opening half of the December 6 contest.
The Mounder boys looked quick and were making their shots especially from behind the three-point line with four in the first half. But in the second half, Elk Mound made just one trey and had to beat back several rallies by the Bulldogs to take home a 62-49 conference-opening victory.
The win also evened the Mounders’ season mark at 2-2.
“(I) Thought we had our best night of execution, we made a nice run early in the first half,” said head coach Michael Kessler. “We did so by getting stops, getting out in transition, and sharing the ball in our half court.”
Nate Lew was a key player in the Mounders’ win going seven-of-nine from the foul line and putting up three doubles against Boyceville for a total of 13 points.
Kinblom was the saving grace for the Mounders in the final 18 minutes of the game making some key baskets in the paint and was eight-of-eight from the line ending his night with 20 points.
Elk Mound pushed the lead to as much as 17 points with 6:46 left in the game but Boyceville would not surrender as Jaden Reismer and Logan Knudtson rallied the host Bulldogs.
Rian Flynn and Brett Lew put up ten points a piece in last Thursday’s game. Flynn hit two treys, three doubles and a pair of foul shots, Lew added two triples, a single double and was two-of-two from the foul line.
Colton Ward tacked on four points, Blaze Todd contributed three and Cade Hanson added in two from a single double.
“Credit to Boyceville for hitting tough shots in the second half and making a couple runs, but I thought our guys responded well and managed those runs,” said Kessler. “We are looking forward to another great road test on Tuesday in Colfax.”
The Mounders headed to Colfax to take on the Vikings last evening, December 11, in an early season rivalry game and face Elmwood/Plum City in a home game this Friday, December 14. They will then enjoy a 7-day respite before traveling to Prescott the following Friday, December 21 to play the defending Division 3 state champion Cardinals.
ELK MOUND 62, BOYCEVILLE 49
Elk Mound……..……………….37 25 – 62
Boyceville……………………….23 26 – 49
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Elk Mound— R. Flynn 1-2-1-10, B. Lew 1-2-4-10, M. Kinblom 6-8-3-20, N. Lew 3-7-1-13, C. Ward 0-1-3-4, C. Hanson 1-0-1-2, B. Todd 1-1-0-3.
Boyceville— J. Reisimer 5-0-1-25, C. Sempf 1-0-2-2, B. Sempf 0-0-4-6, B. Danovsky 1-0-3-2, L. Knudtson 5-1-4-14
THREE-POINTERS EM – R. Flynn 2, C. Ward 1, B. Lew 2; J. Reismer 5, B. Sempf 2, L. Knudtson 1.