Tuesday night, the Mauston Golden Eagles boys basketball team started their five game road trip at Nekoosa. Mauston was looking to get back on track in conference play, coming off back-to back losses to Adams-Friendship and Wisconsin Dells. The Papermakers were looking to get their first conference win of the season.

Nekoosa came out strong and dominated most of the first quarter as they got out to a 16-11 lead. Mauston then went on a 19-4 run in the second quarter to take a 30-20 lead at halftime. The Golden Eagles maintained a 10 point lead in the third quarter, but as they tried to close out the game in the fourth, the Papermakers fought back. Nekoosa got back within three late in the game, but Mauston was able to seal the victory with some clutch free-throws down the stretch by senior David Linsmeyer.

Junior Derek Baker led the Papermakers once again in scoring, as he finished the night with 30 points. Nekoosa also got 10 points from junior Jeremy Abrahamson off the bench, 6 from senior Derek Martinson, and one free-throw from junior Michael Peterson.

The Golden Eagles were led by sophomore Joel Heesch who finished with 23 points, and seniors Brady Nelson and David Linsmeyer finished with 10 points a piece. Mauston also got 6 points off the bench from junior Jack Orton, and 2 points a piece from Taylor Ingraham, Dale Osthoff, and Hunter Nelson.

Mauston moves to 10-2 overall on the season, and 3-2 in the South Central Conference. Nekoosa falls to 4-8 overall, and 0-5 in the conference. Wisconsin Dells and Adams-Friendship are now tied at the top of the South Central Conference at 4-1, as the Chiefs beat the Green devils Tuesday night. That puts Mauston back in the title hunt, just one game back, as they head into the second half of the season. The Golden Eagles continue their road trip Friday night at Lodi in non-conference play.