Big road win for Spring Valley over Boyceville 53-48
BOYCEVILLE -- Spring Valley was able to get out of a recent losing spell by beating Boyceville on Saturday 53-48.
The Cardinals game into the ballgame having lost four out of their last five ballgames.
The angry time-out
The Bulldogs, 2-7 overall, could have added to the Cardinals' misery as they led 11-10 after the first quarter and 14-13 in the second after two straight turnovers on offense by SV.
In fact, Valley's play was so bad that head coach Rob Bosshart called an angry time-out with 6:41 to go before halftime.
"Boyceville plays a 1-3-1 zone and this was the first time we had played against it all season," Bosshart said. "Needless to say we struggled against it."
Not only that, but the Cardinals' top scorer, Corey Blaedorn, was on the bench in foul trouble.
But from that point in time, the Card soared high again led by senior point guard Tyler Bosshart.
He scored 10 of his 14 first half points in a 10-2 run that gave Valley a 26-18 lead at halftime.
Actually it was more of slow, eventual slog than a run but the end result was the same, a big lead by SV before the halftime break and the popular fan, mid-court beanbag toss contest.
"Tyler was more aggressive at getting dribble and pass penetration as well," Rob Bosshart said. "Foul trouble was certainly hurting our scoring options so we needed others to balance us on offense and Tyler answered that call."
Bosshart led all scorers with 24 points.
Now it's your turn
Bosshart answered the call in the first half and Blaedorn did the same in the second half.
He scored all of his 13 points in the paint in 16 minutes of play. He was the only other Spring Valley player in double figures. Teammate Ted Anderson finished with nine points.
Just important as scoring was better team defense by the Cardinals, a recurring problem during their recent rough patch.
The Bulldogs came back in the third quarter and cut what was an 11-point lead down to three at 35-32 after a 12-4 surge led by big 6-6 center Brian Nusberger and guard Colby Doseth. They crept even closer, tying the game at 40-40 with 6:04 remaining in the fourth quarter when SV called a time -out again.
Baskets by Bosshart and Blaedorn pushed that lead back out to seven at 49-42 with 1:50 to play while Valley's defense stood firm.
"Our defense is getting better game by game," Bosshart said. "It was a huge problem at the start of the season, but now the kids are understanding more of team defense concepts and they're finding their roles and niches to play while on defense so that we don't give up easy baskets and make the important stops when we need to.
Nusberger led the 'Dawgs in scoring with 12 points.
Bosshart finished with four assists and two steals.