“They took it to us,” BEA head coach Gary Holmseth says. “We allowed them to get the ball to the basket on the dribble too much and that led to easy shots.”
Waseca never trailed during the game, leading from start to finish.
The Bluejays jumped out to a 6-0 lead foreshadowing Buccaneer difficulties to come.
BEA battled back, however, in the opening moments on two jumpers from Brady Anderson and a post move from Sam Lee to close the Waseca lead to two points at 8-6.
From there, Waseca used solid execution to go on a 17-5 run.
After the first major point swing, the Bluejays didn’t relinquish their double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Waseca powered into halftime with a 39-23 lead. Penetration from guards Shane Streich, Zach Hiller and Brock Kolander created the majority of the offense for the Bluejays. The backcourt combination scored the ball or dished it off to a plethora of inside options for easy baskets in the paint.
Blue Earth’s first two possessions in the second half provided fans with a glimmer of hope when Dallas Barslou connected on a three and Sam Lee made a layup. The Bucs couldn’t sustain the rally, quickly finding themselves in a 17-point hole after five quick points from the Jays.
Waseca’s lead ballooned to 62-37 on three consecutive field goals from Kolander late in the second half for the knockout punch. When the final buzzer sounded, BEA was handed their largest defeat of the season.
“Each guy needs to bring more,” Holmseth says. “It is no one guy’s fault that we lost. It was a matter of the team not stepping up.”
Fueling the Bluejays offense was Hiller with 17 points and Kolander with 15.
Blue Earth was led by Lee who put in nine points. Luke Monson and Brandyn Olsen scored eight and Anderson had seven to round out the Bucs’ leading scorers.
The loss drops BEA’s record to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the South Central Conference.