Friday night, the Mauston Golden Eagles boys basketball team travelled to Poynette to take on the Pumas in non-conference play. The Golden Eagles were coming off a win the night before against Pioneer Westfield, and a win against Wautoma the week before in South Central Conference action. It was thefirst back-to-back wins for Mauston since they started the season 8-0 before Christmas break.

The Golden Eagles finished strong in the second half against Westfield to win by 20 points, and they carried that momentum over early on in the first quarter against Poynette by getting out to a quick 8-0 lead. Sophomore Joel Heesch came out strong and drained two 3-pointers to build the early lead, but Mauston would go cold and not score for the rest of the quarter. The Golden Eagles would still lead after the first quarter 8-6, with senior Adam Ray scoring all six points for the Pumas.

Poynette took over the momentum in the second quarter, and built a seven point lead. Mauston would chip their way back into the game late in the quarter, and with .8 on the clock, senior Brady Nelson inbounded the ball to junior Jack Orton, who was able to tip the ball in at the buzzer, and give Mauston a 21-20 lead at the half.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the third quarter, but Mauston was able to finish with a 30-28 lead. The Golden Eagles were finally able to put the game away late in the fourth quarter, and extend their winning streak to three.

The Pumas were led in scoring by Ray, who finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. He was the only player to reach double digits for Poynette. Other scorers included: junior Asa Odegaard with 7 points, junior Austin Moll had 6, senior Jordan Branton and junior Trever Jenson had 4 points a piece, and junior Brett Severson added one 3-pointer. The Pumas shot just 2 of 7 from the free-throw line, and made three 3-pointers on the night.

The Golden Eagles were led by Heesch and senior David Linsmeyer who both finished with 16 points. Heesch had three 3-pointers on the night, while Linsmeyer scored half of his points in the fourth quarter alone including one 3-pointer. Other scorers included: Orton off the bench with 9 points, Brady Nelson had 6 points all in the second half, and sophomore Hunter Nelson added 5 points in the fourth quarter. Mauston had a rough night at the free-throw line only making 8 of 17, and finished with four 3-pointers.

Mauston wraps up their 5-game road trip as they improve to 13-3 overall, and Poynette falls to 10-6. The Golden Eagles will finally be back at home Tuesday night to take on the Reedsburg Beavers in non-conference play. Then they will host rival Adams-Friendship Friday night in a must win game to keep their conference title hopes alive. Wisconsin Dells still sits at the top with just one conference loss.