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Regionals get underway tonight in boys' prep hoops

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Plum City and Elmwood's prep boys' basketball teams will begin play in WIAA regional tournament this evening.

PC has a first round match-up at Coachrane-Fountain City while Elmwood is at Gilmanton.

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Plum City is the No. 6 seed and C-FC the No. 3 seed in this particular Division 5 regional. The Blue Devils enter tournament on a nine-game slide. But a new season gives the Blue Devils a chance to start over. In order to do so PC, 6-13 overall, will have to shoot a lot better according to head coach Paul Churchill.

"Since the Boyceville game last month we have not shot the ball very well, haven't had multiple players in double figures and that has to change if we're going to move through this tournament." Churchill said. "We're really struggling on offense right now."

Nash Gilles leads PC in scoring at 10 points per game while Alex Boyer averaged eight points per game.  

Plum City played at C-FC earlier this season, losing 55-36 although they were without several mplayers due to suspensions.

The Pirates, 15-7 overall, by contrast are coming into the tournament off a win, 52-47 over Eleva-Strum on Saturday. C-FC finished second in the Dairyland Conference Large Division at 9-4. Senior guard Cale Lisowski leads Cochrane-FC in scoring at nearly 16 points per game while his fellow senior and backcourt teammate Garrett Marklowitz averages 11 points per game. C-FC won the regional tournament they were in last season before losing to Elmwood 55-51 in the sectional semifinals.

Elmwood is the defending regional champion but the Raiders have dropped considerably this season, enterting the tournament with a 2-20 overall record and a No. 8 seed.  They're facing the  No. 1 seed in the tournament, Dairyland Conference Small Division champion Gilmanton. The Panthers enter the tournament with a 16-4 record and their two top scorers, juniors Devin  Oseau and Desmond Davis, both average 13 points per game. The Raiders will need to get at least three players in double figures to have a shot at pulling off the upset in Gilmanton's band box gymnasium. Levi Wolf leads EHS in scoring at nearly 15 points game. Noah Wells is almost scoring in double figures at near nine points per game and Nick Bechel is averaging 7.5 points per game. Elmwood will also have to cut down on turnovers to have a chance as well.

The Panthers topped Elmwood in the season-opener 66-43.

Three county teams, Prescott, Ellsworth and Spring Valley, are off this evening as they've been byed into the semifinals, which will be played Friday at 7 p.m.

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