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By Missy Klatt
DURAND — The Boyceville boys’ basketball team had just one game last week on Friday, January 10. It was a road game to Durand to take on the Panthers in a conference match up.
Unfortunately for the Dawgs, the Panthers handed them their sixth loss of the season defeating them 66-43.
The Bulldogs now have a 1-6 overall record and 1-3 in conference play. The Panthers boast an overall record of 7-1 and 4-0 in conference which ties them with Colfax for the lead in the Dunn-St. Croix conference.
According to head coach Colby Dotseth, his Bulldogs started the game playing very well on the defensive end as well as handling the Panthers full-court press. He said that the Bulldogs had a lot of fast break opportunities early on but just weren’t able to finish.
Unfortunately, the Dawgs got into foul trouble in the first half when Cade Klefstad and Walker Retz each racked up three fouls. Offensively, the Bulldogs trailed the Panthers by 15, 37-22 at the end of the first half.
“It easily could have been a couple of possessions if we would have limited our turnovers and finished at the rim,” noted Dotseth.
Turnovers have been a problem for Boyceville this season, something that Dotseth remarked that they are still working on as a team.
“If we can cut those down we believe we can really compete every night,” said the coach.
In the second half, the Bulldogs stayed a bit more competitive with Panthers as they were only down by eight for the half, 21-29.
As for some high points of the game, Dotseth mentioned some individual players.
“I thought Connor Sempf really played well in the first half for us in his first game back after an illness, unfortunately he left halfway through the contest with an ankle injury that we are taking day-to-day. Logan Knudtson (15 points) is starting to become more consistent on the offensive end for us and Brendan Sempf (10 points) continues to do a nice job creating for us.”
He continued by praising Beck Wendland and John Klefstad who came off the bench and gave the Bulldogs outstanding efforts on the defensive end.
Dotseth concluded, “We know if we keep buying in defensively the rest of the year and can start to consistently knock down open jumpers then we will be able to surprise some teams as we get into the second half of the season.”
The Bulldogs played Turtle Lake this past Monday, January 13 and they will be on the road on Thursday, January 16 when they head to Spring Valley to take on the Red Birds which will be followed by another conference away contest next Tuesday, January 21 in Colfax.
FG-FT-F-T: Retz 0-1-3-1, B. Sempf 4-0-1-10, McRoberts 1-0-0-2, C. Sempf 3-0-2-6, Knudtson 5-3-2-15, Hazelton 0-0-0-0, Wendland 0-0-0-0, Nye 0-0-1-0, Larson 0-0-1-0, J. Klefstad 2-1-2-5, C. Klefstad 2-0-5-4. Total 17-5-17-43.
FG-FT-F-T: S. Bauer 5-0-1-11, Witting 1-0-0-3, Easker 1-0-2-2, Adams 0-0-3-0, Pelke 3-0-1-7, Brenner 0-1-0-1, B. Bauer 1-2-2-4, Biesterveld 3-1-1-8, Hurlburt 3-5-1-13, Berger 5-4-4-14, Brunkow 1-0-1-3. Total 22-13-16-66.
goals: Boyceville: B. Sempf 2, Knudtson 2. Durand: S. Bauer, Witting, Pelke, Biesterveld, Hurlburt 2, Brunkow.