BOSCOBEL - The Boscobel boys’ basketball team had a heavy week of play that included facing the number one and two teams in the SWAL conference as well as a weekend trip to face a larger, and taller, Richland Center team.
It was a hard fought game without a key player when the Boscobel boys’ basketball team faced the visiting Iowa-Grant Panthers on Thursday, Feb 11.
Forward Ryan Latham remained out of play with a sprained ankle, as the Bulldogs went up against the larger team.
Boscobel was initially able to stay close to the Panthers, who kept the action moving rapidly on the court. The Bulldogs headed into the half trailing by six, 22-28.
In the second half, Iowa-Grant was able to keep the Bulldogs on the defensive, while pushing forward on offense to outscore Boscobel, who trailed 19-35. Part of that came from the Bulldogs fouling and giving the Panthers 14 attempts at the free throw line, upon which they capitalized on nine.
The Bulldogs lost the game, 41-63.
Dallas Marks led in scoring with 20 points, followed by Tommy Monroe with 10.
Vs. Richland Center
The Bulldogs traveled to Richland Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, taking a close loss to the Hornets, 65-72.
The Hornets were able to take the lead in the first half, ending with a six-point lead, 33-27. The Bulldogs pushed back, only allowing Richland Center an additional point gain on the lead in the second half, 38-39, to end the game.
Leading in scoring were Ryan Latham with 24 points, followed by Tommy Monroe with nine, and Jordan Molzof and Dallas Marks with eight apiece.
Latham achieved a career milestone in the game when he scored his 1,000th point. He entered the game cleared for a short round of play with only a mere seven points separating him from this achievement.
A ceremony will be announced to celebrate Latham’s achievement soon, according to Athletic Director Joey Martin. Latham is currently number five in school scoring and still has the season and championship playoffs ahead of him.
The Bulldogs hosted the Darlington Redbirds on Tuesday.
The Redbirds are currently the number two team in conference. And while Darlington won the game, the Bulldogs did not give it away.
The Redbirds would pull ahead repeatedly throughout the first half, only to have the Bulldogs relly to within a point to two. Quick scoring from the Redbirds as the seconds ticked off at the end of the half left the Bulldogs trailing marginally at 29-33.
The Redbirds were able to expand their lead in the second half, effectively blocking a couple of key players on the Bulldog side -- Hunter Reynolds was denied any additional points after providing the Bulldogs with three outside shots in the first half, as was Dallas Marks, who had proven more effective close in to the basket.
Additionally, the Bulldogs failed to capitalize as well at the free-throw line, earning only nine out of 14 attempts to the Redbirds eight out of 10.
The Bulldogs took the loss by a score of 54-68.
Leading in scoring were Reynolds with 11 points, followed by Monroe with 10 and Latham with nine.
The Bulldogs currently have a conference record of 3-9 and 9-10 overall.
The Bulldogs travel to Riverdale on Thursday with varsity play getting underway at 7:30 p.m.