Tuesday night, the Mauston boys basketball team hosted the Reedsburg Beavers in non-conference action. The Golden Eagles finally returned home after a five-game road trip in which they were 4-1.

It didn’t take long for Reedsburg’s senior Chad Mazur to take control of the game. Averaging almost 27 points per game on the season, he had half of that in just the first few minutes of the first quarter. Mazur ended the first quarter with 17 of the Beaver’s 19 points, and gave Reedsburg a 9 point lead. It was more of the same in the second quarter with Mazur scoring another 16 points. He ended the first half with 33 of the 39 points for the Beavers, and Reedsburg took a 39-18 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was a little more slow paced as Reedsburg passed the ball around a lot more, and Mauston actually outscored the Beavers 14-11. Mazur added 7 more points for his total, but wasn’t as aggressive shooting the ball in the second half. Coach Bestor took Mazur out of the game in the fourth quarter with still a comfortable 20 point lead. The Golden Eagles won the half by outscoring the Beavers by 3 points, but the damage Mazur did in the first half was enough to seal away the victory for Reedsburg.

Mazur led all scorers with 40 points, and finished with seven 3-pointers on the night. The rest of the Beavers got into the scoring action when Mazur was not on the floor. Senior Ryan Paulisch contributed 8 points, junior Jacob Nachtigal added 7 off the bench, freshman Nate Runde had one 3-pointer, and senior Tyler Douglas and junior Durrell Naquin had 2 points a piece. Reedsburg finished with nine 3-pointers, and shot 5 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Mauston was led in scoring by sophomore Hunter Nelson for the first time, as he finished with 14 points. Sophomore Joel Heesch added 12 points for the Golden Eagles, senior David Linsmeyer had 8, junior Jack Orton contributed 6 off the bench, and junior Taylor Ingraham finished with 4 points. Mauston ended the night with just two 3-pointers, and shot just 6 of 12 from the line.

The Golden Eagles fall to 13-4 overall, and Reedsburg improves to just 9-8 on the season. Mauston will host the Adams-Friendship Green Devils Friday night in South Central Conference play. The Golden Eagles need a win to keep their SCC title hopes alive.