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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville boys’ basketball season hasn’t exactly gotten off to the start it hoped for.
The Bulldogs fell to 0-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix with losses to Elmwood/Plum City and Mondovi last week and are just 2-5 overall after a starting the 2018-19 campaign with two non-conference wins.
Boyceville trailed by a dozen points after the first half of last Tuesday’s home game against Elmwood/Plum City but turnovers and a deficit in the battle on the boards cut the Bulldogs second-half rally short as they fell 47-41 in the December 11 contest.
The Bulldogs then made their way to Mondovi last Friday evening, December 14 where they were stampeded by the Buffaloes, losing the conference battle by 38 points on a final score of 91-53.
Boyceville wrapped up its pre-holiday schedule with trip to Turtle Lake last evening, Tuesday December 18. Following the Christmas break, the Bulldogs will play in Clayton on Thursday, December 27.
The Bulldogs hosted the Plum City/Elmwood Wolves last Tuesday evening, December 11, and struggled to start the game and failed to find ways to score, explained head coach Austin Donahue.
Boyceville struggled in the first half putting up just 11 points in 18 minutes of play, but the Bulldogs managed 30 points in the second half but could not take the win from the Wolves as they lost by a score of 41-47.
“Going into halftime we only scored 11 points and it’s hard to win games when you are that limited,” Donahue stated. “We came out in the second half and played a lot better, in both ends, but still had a few too many turnovers and lost the battle on the boards.”
Logan Knudtson was the top dog for Boyceville putting up 16 points in the Tuesday contest. Knudtson was four-of-five from the charity stripe and netted six doubles.
Senior Jaden Reismer tacked on 12 more points for the Bulldogs. Reismer sunk the ball for four doubles and a single triple and was one-of-two from the foul line.
Brendan and Connor Sempf along with Brady Nye each put up three points off of a trey, Bailey Danovsky and Cade Klefstad each hit the boards for two.
“We’re still looking to play a complete game (36 minutes) on both ends, I think our boys are starting to see what it takes to compete/win against conference opponents,” said Donahue. “We won’t hold our heads down, instead just get back to work at practice and improve.”
BOYCEVILLE 41, PLUM CITY/ELMWOOD 47
Boyceville……………………….11 30 – 41
Plum City/Elmwood..……….23 24 – 47
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reismer 5-1-4-12, B. Sempf 1-0-4-3, C. Sempf 1-0-0-3, B. Danovsky 1-0-3-2, L. Knudtson 6-4-4-16, B. Nye 1-0-4-3, C. Klefstad 1-0-4-2.
Plum City/Elmwood — N. Gansluckner 3-1-0-7, N. Forster 3-0-2-6, Z. Phillips 3-1-1-7, J. Glampe 2-2-4-6, T. Maxwell 0-4-4-4, L. Webb 3-7-0-13, J. Brunner 2-0-2-4.
THREE-POINTERS BV— J. Reismer 1, B. Sempf 1, C. Sempf 1, B. Nye 1.
In their second game of the week, the Mondovi Buffaloes hosted the Bulldogs in what was a runaway win for Mondovi.
The Buffs trampled the Dogs by a score of 91-53.
Jaden Reismer led the way for the Bulldogs as the senior point guard put up 15 points against the Buffaloes, netting five doubles, a triple, and a pair of foul shots.
Going into the half, Boyceville was down by a mere ten points, 28-38, but the Bulldogs’ defense was stampeded by the Buffaloes who scored 53 points in the second half.
The offense fought to stay alive with Brendan Sempf putting up 11 points and Logan Knudtson tacking on 13 points.
Sempf netted four doubles and a trey as well as four rebounds, three assists and one steal for the Bulldogs, Knudtson hit the glass for two doubles, two triples and was three-of-four from the line along with seven rebounds and a block.
Boyceville’s Brady Nye hit the basket for one double, a pair of triples and a single free throw to give the starting forward nine points.
Contributing to the Bulldogs points were teammates Cade Klefstad with three points and 11 rebounds and Bailey Danovsky with a double and a steal.
BOYCEVILLE 53, MONDOVI 91
Boyceville……………………..28 25 – 53
Mondovi…….……..………….38 53 – 91
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reismer 6-2-3-15, B. Sempf 5-0-4-11, B. Danovsky 1-0-2-2, L. Knudtson 4-3-3-13, B. Nye 3-1-4-9, C. Klefstad 1-1-3-3.
Mondovi — B. Christopherson 3-0-1-7, E. Gray 4-1-2-11, A. Hoepner 12-3-3-27, W. Falkner 2-2-2-7, R. Fath 6-1-4-15, J. Schmidtknecht 6-1-1-13, J. Parr 3-3-2-9, C. Brenner 1-0-0-2.
THREE-POINTERS BV— J. Reismer 1, B. Sempf 1, L. Knudtson 2, B. Nye 2; M— B. Christopherson 1, E. Gray 2, W. Falkner 1, R. Fath 2.