The Blue Earth Area Boys basketball team hasn’t had many breaks in their schedule lately. Saturday, they were matched up against an athletic Cannon Falls team that had won eight of their last 10 ball games.
The Bombers put their recent formula for success on display – rebounding and defending their way to a 63-44 victory over the host Buccaneers.
Cannon Falls raced to a 20-3 lead, holding BEA without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes of play. A Dallas Barslou 3-pointer ended the drought, but the damage was already done.
The Buccaneers had dug themselves too deep a hole against a defensive-minded Cannon Falls team.
The double-digit lead established during the early run held for the remainder of the game.
The main catalyst for the Bombers early success was Cedric Dicke. The preferred University of Minnesota football walk-on proved to be a force inside, scoring a game-high 19 points – 17 of them coming during the decisive first half.
Dicke was efficient from the floor, rebounding and shooting high percentage shots for the majority of his buckets.
During the final seven minutes of the half, BEA’s offense started to flow, with baskets from Brady Anderson, Steven Plocker and Sam Lee. The Bombers, however, also continued to hit shots and enjoyed a 34-16 edge at the break.
The second half featured Cannon Falls maintaining their 20-point lead. The large advantage never wavered.
The closest BEA came after the halftime break was 16 at 40-24. The largest Bomber lead was 22, with 6 minutes and 30 seconds to play.
To close out the contest, the sturdy advantage was maintained and Cannon Falls left Blue Earth with an impressive 63-44 defeat.
Lee and Barslou led the Bucs with 11 points apiece.
Barslou used two 3-pointers, a 2-point field goal and three free throws to reach his total while Lee poured in four field goals and three free throws.
Others in the scoring column for the Bucs were Anderson with seven, Luke Monson four, Jake Wagner four, Steven Plocker three and Brandyn Olsen two.
The loss dropped the Bucs to 5-10 on the year.