County boys basketball teams lose season openers
Ellsworth, Elmwood and Plum City's prep boys basketball teams all lost their respective season openers Tuesday evening.
Plum City's was the closest. The Blue Devils lost 52-45 in overtime to Alma/Pepin at Plum City. Chris Longsdorf's jumper from slightly behind the backboard went in at the buzzer and PC tied the game at 38-38. But the Eagles outscored PC 14-7 in the extra session. A/P's John Nuzum scored all of his six points in the OT to turn the game in the Eagles' favor. A/P Bryce Anibas led all scorers with 19 points and Sam Mueller finished with 15.
Plum City held a 34-32 lead but a pair of steals led to baskets for Anibas and Trevor Heit which put A/P ahead 36-34. Turnovers were a big problem for Plum City throughout the game.
"I thought we played defense well enough to win but we didn't take care of the ball throughout the game and we didn't execute when the game was on the line," PC head coach Paul Churchill said. "Our team wasn't in a lot of overtime games last season (Plum City won just once in the 2012-13 season) so learning how to win is still something we need to do."
PC was led in scoring by Nash Gilles 14 points while teammate Austin Coss had 12 points. Gilles sparked an 8-0 run in the third quarter which gave the Blue Devils a 27-26 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran spoiled the debut of new Ellsworth head coach Corey Enberg as the Lancers won in their home gym 58-43. Ellsworth plagued by both fouls (24) and turnovers (23) in their season opener. The Panthers saw two starters foul out. They were also plagued by Immanuel's Caleb Oster, who scored a game-high 19 points. EHS trailed 29-25 at halftime before ECIL outscored them 12-2 in the third quarter. Chrystian Kulow led Ellsworth in scoring with 17 points and Nick Taranto scored 14 points.
Gilmanton crushed Elmwood 63-44 at Elmwood. The Panthers' Devin Oseau scored 26 points to lead all scorers. The Raiders trailed 39-30 at halftime and were put further behind as Gilmanton outscored them 13-4 in the third quarter. Levi Wolf led the Raiders in scoring with 18 points. Noah Wells finished 10 points and Nick Bechel scored 11 points.
Both Elmwood and Plum City will be in action Thursday to start Dunn-St. Croix Conference play. Elmwood will be at home vs. Elk Mound and Plum City is at Boyceville.