Boys basketball: Pierce County teams 2-0 on Monday night
The Ellsworth boys basketball team delivered the Durand Panthers their fourth loss of the season on Monday, Feb. 5 in a close 64-60 match.
Ellsworth (14-3, 8-1) got off to a 12-point lead at halftime, but shot poorly from deep in the second half. The winning Panthers team shot 50 percent from the field overall, but were just five-for-19 from three-point range.
Alex Motley led the Ellsworth charge with 27 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three assists and one steal. Motley completed 11 of his 16 shot attempts for a shooting percentage of 68.
"We've just been playing well as a team; everyone is playing very unselfish," Motley said.
The senior said his team's second half was "kind of ugly," but that he and his teammates kept their heads when their shooting went south.
"We did what had to be done to pull out the win," Motley said.
Motley is now averaging 19.6 points per game to lead the Panthers.
Motley, Logan Benson and Drake Flom made up 55 of Ellsworth's 64 points. Flom finished with 16 points, five rebounds and one steal while Benson added 15 rebounds, 12 points, 10 assists and one block for his second triple-double of the season.
Durand was led in scoring by Ely Bauer who finished with 13 points.
Ellsworth has now won nine games in a row and will return to conference play on Thursday, Feb. 8 for another road game. Ellsworth heads to Somerset on Thursday to take on the 5-12 Spartans team.
Scoring for Ellsworth: Motley 27, Flom 16, Benson 12, Logan Richards 4, Erik Lange 3, Mason Anderson 2.
Elmwood/Plum City 73, Alma/Pepin 33
The EPC Wolves ended their losing slump by putting up a season-high 73 team points in their 40-point win over the winless Alma/Pepin Eagles on Monday, Feb. 5.
EPC (6-10, 1-8) spread its wealth with 11 of its players scoring in the nonconference game. Luke Baier finished with 14 points as the game's leading scorer. Jackson Glampe and Carson Heath both chipped in 10 points of their own.
The Wolves only turned the ball over seven times compared to the Eagles who recorded 20 turnovers. EPC also outrebounded the Eagles 32-20.
Tyler Maxwell finished the game with six points and was the Wolves' top distributor with five assists.
Ryan Mikelson and Lane Wieczorek were A/P's leading scorers with seven points apiece. The Eagles dropped to 0-15 after Monday night's loss.
EPC will be challenged with continuing their winning run on Thursday, Feb. 8 when they head to Elk Mound (7-9, 6-3) to take on the second-best Dunn-St. Croix team.
Scoring for the Wolves: Baier 14; Glampe, Heath 10; Nic Forster 8; Robert Brunner 7; Jordan Brunner, Maxwell 6; Zack Phillips 5; Noah Gansluckner 4; Justin Nunez 2; TJ Asher 1.
Scoring for the Eagles: Mikelson, Wieczorek 7; Ethan Brecka, Thomas Milton 6; Austin George 4; Aleck Lehnartz 3.