Raider boys fall to Aquinas, BRF


Ethan Weltzien released a shot in the lane during their game against Black River Falls on Thursday.      

(Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

After a lopsided non-conference loss, the Arcadia boys basketball team came out aggressively against Black River Falls, but the end result was another double-digit loss.

The Raiders never got started as they fell behind La Crosse Aquinas early in a 63-37 loss last week Tuesday. On Friday, they stuck with the Tigers for the first half before their offense dropped off in the second half and BRF went on for a 65-51 win.

The losses dropped Arcadia to 1-17 overall and 0-9 in Coulee Conference play. They were slated to host West Salem this week Monday before welcoming Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Thursday. This coming Monday Tomah comes to town before the regular season concludes with another home game, this time against Onalaska Luther.

Aquinas 63 Arcadia 37

Arcadia’s offense just never got going.

The Raiders struggled from the field in the first half as they trailed 31-18 at halftime and the second half was almost identical as the Blugolds cruised for the lopsided win.

Chandler Sonsalla and Carson Pehler both scored eight points to lead Arcadia, Ethan Weltzien finished with seven, Trev Bjorge scored four, Kaden Updike and Chase Patzner both finished with three and Tyson Ely scored two. 

BR Falls 65 Arcadia 51

The Raiders stayed with a team competing for the conference title for a half, but the Tigers took control in the second half.

BRF was able to take an early lead, but Arcadia stayed in the game getting three pointers from Carson Pehler and Bjorge to pull within 23-17. The Tigers appeared poised to pull away, leading 31-23 with five minutes left in the first half, but Arcadia ended the half with a 9-3 run to get within two at 34-32.

Arcadia couldn’t keep up with the Tigers in the second half, however. BRF’s Elliott Bird caught fire as the Tigers outscored Arcadia 31-19 to come away with a 14-point win.

Bird scored 21 points while Trey Cowley added 10 for the Tigers. Statistics for Arcadia were not reported to the Times.

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