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Undefeated Elmwood tops Plum City

ELMWOOD, Wis. -- Plum City on Thursday became the latest high school boys basketball team to fall victim to undefeated and No. 6 ranked Elmwood's pressure defense and explosive athletic ability.

The Raiders were victorious 75-55 to improve to 13-0 overall and 11-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Plum City drops back to the .500 mark at 6-6 overall, 5-6 in the D-SC.

The Blue Devils started off well. Brice Pelzel scored seven of his team-high 14 points putting his team in front 9-3 in the first quarter. Even though the Raiders came back to take a 15-13 lead at the end of the quarter, Plum City was right in the game.

Elmwood's pressure defense and fast-break offense, however, forced Plum City out of the tempo they wished to maintain and right into the home team's style of play. The Raiders outscored the Devils 24-7 in the second quarter for a 39-20 halftime advantage.

"The shots stopped falling for us and once that happened, Elmwood could play the way they wanted to," Plum City coach Wayne Radle said. "We played well in the first quarter and controlled tempo because we made our shots. When we went cold, that's when they took advantage by getting all the rebounds and making great outlet passes on the fast break.

"Playing against one the best defensive teams I've seen in a long time, we were in trouble."

Elmwood's Ryan Mountin already had 12 rebounds in the first half to go with 12 points, four assists and four steals. He finished with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and nearly got a triple-double with eight assists. Teammate Lucas Wolf scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Elmwood's Mike Brunner had 14 points and Cody Rose scored 10 points.

Plum City made more 3-pointers than the Raiders -- 7-6 -- but was badly outrebounded and outscored at the free-throw line 11-4.

Elmwood expanded its lead to as many as 31 points in the second half at 69-38. With Chris Biederman heading to the bench due to a lower back injury, Plum City had little chance of rallying.

Only with a late flourish in the fourth quarter, with Mike Bechel scoring eight of his 10 points, did the Devils keep the score from being as bad as the first time the two rivals played, a 85-55 Raider win. Both Biederman and Adam Churchill finished in double figures with 10 points apiece.

"We're a much better team than we were when we played them the first time," Radle said. "But we have to match their poise to have any chance of beating them in the regionals."