PESHTIGO — The second-half defense secured a win for the Peshtigo boys basketball team on Thursday.

After building a double-digit lead in the first half, the Bulldogs limited Bonduel to just six points in the second half of a 51-26 win at home. Mitchell VanVooren had a game-high 13 points to lead Peshtigo in a game with shooting percentages that were less than stellar for both teams.

The Bears made just eight of their 34 attempts from the floor and were blanked from 3-point range. They missed each of their 15 attempts from behind the arc while the Bulldogs managed to sink two of their 16 long-range attempts.

The only area of the court Bonduel held an advantage was at the free throw line. The Bears went 10-for-14 at the line though the Bulldogs weren’t far behind at 7-for-12.

VanVooren and Cade Tackmier led the Bulldogs to the first-half lead. Peshtigo benefitted from putback baskets, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds in the game while Bonduel managed just two. The Bulldogs finished with a 39-22 overall in rebounds and their offensive boards led to 10 second-chance points.

Peshtigo entered halftime with a 30-20 lead and had the game well in-hand not long into the second half. The Bulldogs’ defense stifled the Bears by totaling 13 steals and forcing 21 total Bonduel turnovers.

VanVooren led Peshtigo with nine rebounds; Tackmier had 11 points, four rebounds and four steals; Damon Jones had eight points and five rebounds while Reid Marquardt had seven points, five steals and five assists.

Parker Bohm was the lone Bonduel player to reach double-digit points, scoring 12. Peshtigo allowed only three Bonduel players to sink more than one shot from the floor.

The Bulldogs remain home to host Sevastopol on Tuesday.