Both the Menomonie and Boyceville boys’ basketball teams had their season come to an end following defeats in their respective divisions during Tuesday’s regional playoff opener.
In Division 2, Menomonie was eliminated from the playoffs after falling 68-61 at Holmen High School. In Division 4, Boyceville was defeated 78-45 by the Beavers at Cumberland High School.
At Holmen, the Mustangs had a five point lead in the early minutes to the game, but too many turnovers and mental mistakes gave Holmen the win.
“Our focus wasn’t where it needed to be for a playoff game,” head coach Matthew Riley said.
Sam Sleichert led the Mustang team in scoring with 20 points while Sam Zbornik and Jake Ebert finished their final game of the season with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Menomonie ended their season with a 3-20 record, with their first win coming against Holmen on Jan. 15. They followed that with victories against River Falls on Feb. 1 and Hudson on Feb. 9.
“The season overall was full of ups and downs,” Riley remarked. “Even though our record wasn’t where we wanted it to be we were very competitive this season. These players never gave up and they continued to work hard even through the tough times, so I am very proud of them for that.”
At Cumberland, the Bulldogs were no match for the No. 5 Beavers in their 2017-18 season closing game.
Boyceville saw just four players put points on the board with Luke Knudtson leading with 22. He connected for eight interior baskets and went 2-for-3 at the free throw line.
Bryce Boda ended the night with 15 points while Jayson Gonzales and Brendan Sempf added five and three points, respectively.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the season at 3-11 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 6-16 overall.