BOSCOBEL - The Boscobel Bulldogs boys’ basketball team traveled to Hazel Green to face Southwestern Wildcats in conference play Friday night, Feb. 5.
“This was a very tough, very hard fought game,” was how Coach Levi Esters described the night. “Defensively, our boys played well. We were able to hold our game to only 13 turnovers.”
The Bulldogs suffered a close loss in the conference match, 62-68.
vs. Wisconsin Heights
The Bulldogs followed up their Friday game by hosting the Wisconsin Heights Vanguards in a game Saturday, Feb. 6, rescheduled from the previous Tuesday.
The Bulldogs faced a much larger team in terms of numbers, but were able to outscore the Vanguards solidly to head into the half with a 41-28 lead. Wisconsin Heights had some fouling trouble that gave Boscobel multiple tries at the free throw line. The Bulldogs returned the favor with a seven out of ten success rate.
Adding to the Bulldogs woes was an ankle sprain that removed forward Ryan Latham from the game early in the first half.
“The rest of the team really stepped up,” stated the coach. “I think this was probably our most complete game of the season.”
Boscobel’s own fouling picked up in the second half, which the Vanguards capitalized on, to earn nine out of 11 attempts. Luckily, the Bulldogs held them back defensively to outscore by 11 points, for the win, 80-56.
Dallas Marks led in scoring with 26 points.
vs s. Weston
The Bulldogs next hosted Weston’s Silver Eagles on Tuesday night, Feb. 8 for a non-conference win.
The Bulldogs were able to take a strong early lead, utilizing shots from beyond the three-point line. They were able to score on over half of their shots from the field. While Weston played cleanly, only giving them a single shot from the free throw line, the Bulldogs were able to head into the half up 42-21.
Weston was able to regroup their defensive strategy, holding the Bulldogs to 21 points in the second half. But outperforming on the score by only 4 points was not enough to gain the lead.
Boscobel took the win, 63-46.
Scoring leaders were Dallas Marks with 14 points, followed by Hunter Reynolds with 13 and Chandler Cashman with 11.
The wins/losses leaves the Bulldogs with a 3-7 conference record and 9-7 overall.
The Bulldogs host Iowa-Grant tonight, Feb. 11. Varsity play gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
Fans will want to keep an eye on forward Ryan Latham. Latham was held out of the game against Weston due to an ankle injury, but is expected back on the court this week. Latham is seven points away from a career record of scoring 1,000 points!