Defense travels well, which explains the Tomah Timberwolves’ success as a road team.
Tomah boosted its road record in the Mississippi Valley Conference to 4-0 with a 64-41 boys basketball victory at Holmen Thursday. It was a huge swing from a 72-62 homecourt loss the Timberwolves suffered to Holmen Dec. 21.
Since then, Tomah has suffocated opponents with a tight defense and ball-control offense. Thursday marked the third straight game in which Tomah held an opponent to 13 or fewer points in a half.
“Our kids really understand how to get people off the 3-point line, and they’re really understanding that Trevor (Shutter) is a wall-up guy ... and Josh (Dahlke) is our rim protector,” Plueger said. “The kids are really figuring it out.”
Tomah took a 13-0 lead against Holmen and went into intermission with a 26-12 advantage. The lead grew as large as 59-34 late in the second half.
Unlike the first game against Holmen, Plueger said the Timberwolves took care of the ball in the rematch.
“I thought our kids executed and handled their pressure right away,” Plueger said.
Dahlke led the offense with 17 points, and Peter Brey added 16.
Tomah improved its overall record to 12-6 and clinched a winning season.
Tomah travels to Onalaska Tuesday and returns home Friday for its final home regular season contest against La Crosse Aquinas in a 7:15 p.m. tipoff at Tomah High School.
TOMAH 64 HOLMEN 41
Tomah—T. Gnewikow 10, Kroener 9, Brandt 6, Dahlke 17, Huneck 6, Brey 16.
Holmen—Newsome 11, Troyanek 3, Clements 2, Hart 11, Gillespie 3, Phillips 6, Grass 3, Olson 2.
Tomah 26 38−64
Holmen 12 29−41
MVC BOYS BASKETBALL
Result of Feb. 8
Tomah 64 Holmen 41
Results of Feb. 9
Onalaska 66 Sparta 42
Central 82 Logan 53