A poor start and a tough finish snapped Tomah’s four-game winning streak Tuesday.

The Timberwolves fell behind 12 points at halftime and then lost a six-point lead in the final minute to drop a 69-68 nonconference decision at Mauston.

Tomah’s overall record fell to 7-3. Mauston improved to 7-5.

Trevor Shutter hit two free throws to give Tomah a 68-66 lead, but Mauston’s Joe Bauer drilled a long 3-pointer with eight seconds left to put the Golden Eagles ahead. Peter Brey had a 15-foot jumper rim out, and Shutter’s tip-in came after the buzzer sounded.

Tomah coach Brad Plueger said his team’s slow start gave Mauston its opening at the end.

“We played very slow again in the first half,” Plueger said. “We fouled too much, and we turned the ball over.”

Tomah committed 13 turnovers in the first half, which Mauston converted into 16 breakaway points.

Plueger said the Timberwolves played much better in the second half.

“We finally played our basketball, when we had quality possessions, not quick,” he said. “We played the best basketball we played the whole year in the second half.”

Brey and Kyle Kroener shared high-scoring honors for Tomah with 14 points each.

Bauer led all scorers with 30 points.

Tomah returns home Friday for a Mississippi Valley Conference contest against Onalaska. Tipoff is 6:15 p.m. and is the first half of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader.

MAUSTON 69 TOMAH 68

Tomah—Gnewikow 13, Kroener 14, Brandt 6, Dahlke 8, Brey 14, Shutter 13.

Mauston—Gallagher 8, Hall 17, Barnier 5, Bauer 30, Raabe 3, Fitzgerald 6.

Tomah;28;40−68

Mauston;40;29−69

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Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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