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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The hardwood losses continued to pile up for the Boyceville boys as they were decisively beaten at home by the top two conference teams in last week’s game action.
The Bulldogs played Dunn-St. Croix leader Spring Valley and second-place Colfax in back-to-back conference games last Tuesday and Friday respectively and suffered loses of 38 points or more in both contests.
In the January 15 game with Spring Valley, the visiting Cardinals took an early 12-0 lead over Bulldogs and never looked back in a 70-32 defeat of the Bulldogs, who could not find ways to shut down the main scoring threats of the Cardinals.
A 27 to 5 scoring advantage in the first ten minutes of Friday’s, January 18, game in Boyceville, allowed Colfax to sprint to a big lead early as they tromped all their host for a 76-28 win for the 11-1 Vikings.
Boyceville was never able to contain, let alone slow down, Colfax’s big scoring threats – Ben Thompson and George Scharlau – who netted 19 and 16 points respectively and along with 13 from Cole Seehaver had put the mercy rule into effect with nine minutes left in the game.
Boyceville, who remain winless in conference play with an 0-7 record and are mired in a ten-game losing streak that has taken it to 2-10 overall, will be back in action this Thursday, January 24 for an away game with the Elk Mound Mounders followed by another conference road game next Tuesday, January 29, in Elmwood against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves.
Boyceville struggled to find and make scores against the Dunn-St. Croix leader Spring Valley last Tuesday evening, January 15, taking a hard hitting loss by 38 points and a score of 32-70.
“We started Tuesday night down 12-0 out of the gate,” Bulldogs’ coach Austin Donahue said. “Spring Valley continued to shoot the ball well all night.”
The Bulldogs fell behind early in the first half with only 13 points to the Cardinals 38, and the pattern continued into the second 18 minutes of play.
Brendan Sempf led the Bulldogs with 15 total points off of four doubles, a bucket from the outside for three and was four-of-five from the charity stripe, Sempf also had three rebounds and a steal.
“We knew who their main scoring threats were, but we couldn’t keep them from putting the ball in the hoop,” explained Donahue.
Senior point guard, Jaden Reisimer, was quick to find the ball for Boyceville with five rebounds, two steals and an assist, as well as hitting the backboards for three doubles.
Adding to the points for the Bulldogs were teammates Connor Sempf with four points from the inside, Bailey Danovsky with four off of two doubles, and William Link from the outside with a trey.
“They are a very disciplined team and play as that; a team,” said Donahue. “We are still battling injuries and hope to get back to a 100 percent by next week.”
BOYCEVILLE 32, SPRING VALLEY 70
Boyceville 13 19 – 32
Spring Valley 38 32 – 70
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 3-0-2-6, B. Sempf 5-4-1-15, C. Sempf 2-0-2-4, B. Danovsky 2-0-1-4, W. Link 1-0-0-3.
Spring Valley — T. Stangl 2-0-0-6, M. Bauer 8-0-0-20, A. Borgerding 7-2-2-17, J. Hannack 1-0-3-2, L. McMurrin 3-0-4-6, D. Bosshart 7-2-1-19.
BV— B. Sempf 1, W. Link 1; SV— T. Stangl 2, M. Bauer 4, A. Borgerding 1, D. Bosshart 3.
The Bulldogs hosted the second-place Colfax Vikings last Friday evening, January 18, and couldn’t string together enough points to keep the mercy rule from taking effect with nine minuets left in the game en route to the 76-28 win.
Colfax opened the game with a 27-5 scoring advantage on Boyceville and went into half with a 35-11 lead.
The Vikings’ long-armed defense kept the Bulldogs offense off balance all night as their offense produced points at will from inside the paint and outside the three-point arc.
Colfax finished with eight three pointers in the game, four of which were made by Cole Seehaver. Ben Thompson and George Scharlau led the Vikings in scoring with 19 and 16 points respectively. In all, nine Colfax players scored points.
Jaden Reisimer led the Bulldogs, who netted five treys but just five other baskets, on the court with three doubles, a triple and was one-of-one from the charity stripe for ten points total all of which came in the second half.
The first half of the game the Bulldogs put up 11 points to the Vikings 35, with the points coming from a pair of Brendan Sempf triples, a three by Brady Nye and a Cade Klefstad basket.
As the second half got underway the Bulldogs attempted to get things going as they put up 17 points against Colfax.
Brady Nye finished with two triples and Connor Sempf chipped in with a double and bonus shot for three points and Cade Klefstad tallied two.
BOYCEVILLE 28, COLFAX 76
Boyceville 11 17 – 28
Colfax 35 41 – 76
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville— J. Reisimer 4-1-2-10, B. Sempf 2-1-4-7, C. Sempf 1-1-2-3, B. Nye 2-0-0-6, C. Klefstad 1-0-3-2.
Colfax— B. Thompson 9-1-1-19, C. Seehaver 4-1-0-13, G. Scharlau 5-6-0-16, T. Rothbauer 2-0-2-5, E. Hydukovich 1-0-1-2, B. Lawrence 1-0-1-3, J. Hellmann 4-0-3-9, Z. Rindy 3-0-0-6, L. Heidorn 1-0-2-3.
BV— J. Reisimer 1, B. Sempf 2, B. Nye 2; C— C. Seehaver 4, T. Rothbauer 1, B. Lawrence 1, J. Hellmann 1, L. Heidorn 1.