It was a picture-perfect start to the 2019–20 season for the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser boys’ basketball team as they dismantled a young Boyceville team by 43 points, winning 65-22 on Nov. 26.
C-W (1-0) opened the season in the ‘Dog pound against the Boyceville Bulldogs (0-1), who were defeated in every facet of the game from start to finish.
The hometown Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a 15-0 lead. C-W then led 21-1, and eventually went into halftime with a sizable lead of 37-9.
Senior Kyle Bilodeau had a monster first half, scoring 17 of his game-high 22 points. He made seven two-point field goals and one three-pointer—one of C-W’s shots from beyond the arc—in the first 18 minutes.
Fellow senior Sammy Grotberg gave the ‘Dogs a spark off the bench with a trio of three-pointers, while Dakota Herrmann and Broc Haas each added a basket from beyond the arc.
“It was a positive that we established ourselves right from the tip. Throughout the game, we were able to take care of the ball and not give away scoring chances,” stated C-W head coach Hans Olson.
Although C-W led by 28 points, they continued to work on different aspects of their offensive sets and defensive schemes in the second half as they outscored Boyceville 28-13 and cruised to the season-opening win.
The Bulldogs’ defensive effort was nothing short of impressive as they limited Boyceville to just 22 points on 33-percent shooting from the field, including just one three-pointer. C-W also forced 25 turnovers—compared to 10 that they committed—and scored 25 points off of those turnovers.
“I was very pleased with our hustle. We had guys diving on the floor, into the scorers table and into the stands after loose or deflected balls,” explained Olson. “We played to our strengths and took good shots establishing paint presence. The three-pointers were falling due to selfless passing; we didn’t settle for contested shots.”
As a team, C-W shot exceptionally well. They made 15-26 (57 percent) two-point field goals and made a staggering 9-14 (64 percent) shots from beyond the arc. However, there is room for improvement in the free throw department as they were just 8-14 (57 percent).
Bilodeau led all scorers with 22 points (10-11 field goals) and had a team-high five rebounds. Grotberg finished a perfect 5-5 from the field, including four three-pointers, and scored 16 points.
Junior Joseph Jensen added eight points, including two triples, to go with three rebounds, three steals and an assist. Senior Carter Hanson had a nice statline with seven points, four steals, three boards and two assists. Dakota Herrmann, a senior, had three points and a team-high four assists.
Boyceville’s leading scorer was senior Logan Knudtson with 13 points.
“Even though we gave up less than 30 points, we can still improve defensively. It’s a start, but the Heart O’North comes calling this week with Ladysmith and Bloomer, who both know us well,” Olson noted.
C-W played at Ladysmith (0-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and will travel to Bloomer (0-0) on Friday, Dec. 6. The Bulldogs begin next week at Luck (0-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 10.