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Boys basketball: Radle shines in win

PLUM CITY -- The Blue Devils relentless press helped them defeat the rival Raiders 71-44 Friday.

Plum City led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter and just 13-10 early in the second. But the Devils sped up the tempo of the game with a full-court press in the second quarter that led to a 21-0 run.

"I think our team is better off when the tempo of the game is fast and where we can use our quickness and tenacity on defense to give us an advantage," Plum City coach Wayne Radle said. " You could see the obvious difference from the first to the second quarters."

Plum City also benefited from the absence of Steve Pax, Elmwood's point guard and one of the best players in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, who was out with an injury. That left the Raiders vulnerable against the Devils' press.

Plum City's defense also had 10 blocked shots and did so with just nine fouls.

"It was a pretty rough and physical game," Radle said. "The officials called it pretty loose and that benefitted the way we wanted to play."

Zach Gilles was Plum City top scorer in the first half with 13 points. He finished with 18 points. Logan Radle scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half.

"Logan really provides a spark for us," coach Radle said. "When things get stale or we're not moving as well or when the energy and tempo is down, Logan can turn things around quickly."

Radle led the team in steals with six while Gilles had five blocks. Gilles also had nine of his team's 28 assist while Alex Gilles had eight assists.

Plum City improves to 3-3 in conference and 3-4 overall. Elmwood lost its sixth straight, dropping to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in the league.

The Blue Devils have a tough stretch of upcoming games starting with Thursday's road trip to St. Croix Central.