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By Amber Hayden
In the game against Spring Valley the Boyceville men felt it was much closer than what the scoreboard read last Friday evening, February 15.
A well-coached and solid Durand team visited the Bulldogs this past Saturday evening, February 16, and Boyceville just didn’t have enough to beat the Panthers on their home court.
Boyceville scrapped their way for each point only to fall to the Cardinals 66-45 and also fell to Durand by a score of 68-32. The latest loses saw the Bulldogs fall to 2-15 overall record and last place in the Dunn-St. Croix without a single win in the conference at 0-12.
The Bulldogs traveled to Glenwood City this past Monday, February 18, in a heated rivalry game before heading to Colfax on Thursday, February 21, to take on the Vikings in the last game of the regular season. Boyceville (#12) will open the 2019 WIAA Division 4 Tournament at Cameron (#5) next Tuesday, February 26.
The Boyceville Bulldogs found themselves up against a talented Spring Valley team last Friday evening, February 15, and scrapped for every single point they could muster in the 66-45 loss to the Cardinals who continued to chase Colfax for the Dunn-St. Croix boys’ basketball title.
“We came out and executed our game plan on both ends of the floor in the first half,” said head coach Austin Donahue. “We focused on taking care of the basketball and being patient on offense. Going into half time we only trailed by eight.”
Boyceville upped its second-half, offensive output with 27 points but the Red Birds threw in 13 points to their lead on the way to a 21-point victory.
Jaden Reisimer and Brendan Sempf were the leaders of the pack as they each tallied 13 points in the losing effort. Reisimer collected his points off four doubles, a trey and a two-for-two performance at the line. Sempf, meanwhile, netted his tally on four triples and a free throw.
Junior Cade Klefstad had a decent night adding seven points against Spring Valley.
“Proud of the fight we showed tonight for three-quarters of the game,” said Donahue. “The game felt a lot closer than what it showed on the scoreboard.”
Bailey Danovsky and Brady Nye chipped in for six points each.
BOYCEVILLE 45, SPRING VALLEY 66
Boyceville.….….….……18 27 – 45
Spring Valley.….…..……26 40 – 66
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 5-2-2-13, B. Sempf 4-1-0-13, B. Danovsky 3-0-1-6, B. Nye 2-0-4-6, C. Klefstad 3-1-1-7.
Spring Valley — T. Stangl 4-0-0-12, M. Bauer 2-0-3-5, A. Borgerding 10-5-0-28, J. Hannack 1-0-2-2, L. McMurrin 3-0-3-6, D. Bosshart 5-0-3-12, C. Ducklow 0-1-0-1.
BV — J. Reismer 1, B. Sempf 4, B. Nye 2; SV — T. Stangl 4, M. Bauer 1, A. Borgerding 3, D. Bosshart 2.
The Bulldogs amped up for their second game a day later when they welcomed the Panthers of Durand to the hardwood.
But Durand ended up being too much for Boyceville, and dealt the Bulldogs a 68-32 loss, their 15th straight.
“Durand is a very solid team and they utilize their run and jump press very efficiently,” said coach Donahue. “The first ten minutes of the game we played very well. We took care of the ball and played hard.”
Brendan Sempf was the shining star for Boyceville putting up 13 points against the Panthers.
Senior point guard, Jaden Reisimer, has struggled a bit of late and last Saturday was no exception as he scored nine points.
“We were down one until about the nine-minute mark,” explained Donahue. “But fatigue from games on back-to-back nights started to show. Lack of depth hurt us in the long run.”
Adding to the overall point total were Brady Nye with a double and triple, Seth Wruck netted a trey and Bailey Danovsky sank a lone double.
BOYCEVILLE 32, DURAND 68
Boyceville.….….….……17 15 – 32
Durand….…..….…..……29 39 – 68
TEAM STATISTICS (FG-FT-F-TP)
Boyceville — J. Reisimer 4-0-3-9, B. Sempf 5-0-2-13, B. Danovsky 1-0-1-2, B. Nye 2-0-3-5, S. Wruck 1-0-1-3.
Durand — B. Ingli 0-4-1-4, F. Weiss 3-1-3-7, L. Easker 1-0-0-2, C. O’Keefe 2-1-1-5, L. Pelke 2-1-0-6, G. Hurlburt 3-6-0-12, S. Bauer 3-0-3-9, R. Radle 2-0-1-4, T. Tulip 3-0-1-6, I. Whitwam 5-0-0-10, C. Berger 0-3-0-3.
BV — J. Reismer 1, B. Sempf 2, B. Nye 1, S. Wruck 1; D — L. Pelke 1, S. Bauer 3.