A massive Southland run at the end of the first half led to the demise of the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team in the Sub-Section Quarterfinals Tuesday night in Adams.
No. 4 seeded Southland went on a 20-2 run late in the first half and the Rebels never looked back, ultimately earning a 65-49 victory over the No. 5 seeded Buccaneers.
For the majority of the first half, the Bucs held tough, getting solid play from inside force Isaac Darrington. The 6-foot-4 forward made four early baskets and commanded the boards to keep BEA within striking distance.
Brandyn Olsen goes up for a layup against a Southland defender.
Then, the Bucs' shooting went sour and a six minute drought from the field gave Southland enough time to establish their decisive lead.
After falling behind by 16, BEA responded with a Sam Lee layup and a Dallas Barslou three to close the gap to 33-19 at the break.
Another Southland run to start the second half established a 21-point lead for the Rebels before Barslou started chipping away at the large advantage.
The shooting guard led the Buc offense in the second half, hitting five threes in the frame and dialed up six total for the game to finish with 24 points.
Barslou's hot shooting from the perimeter wasn't enough to get the Bucs back into the game, however, as Southland's athleticism was on full display during the final 18 minutes. Although lacking height, the Rebels used their quickness on defense to give the Bucs fits and never allowed BEA to close within 14 points of the lead.
Leading Southland was Mike Goergen with 23 points, teammate Decker Bendtsen chipped in 18 and Nick Schmitz finished with 13.
Scoring leaders besides Barslou for the Bucs were Darrington with nine, Brandyn Olsen with six and Sam Lee and Jake Wagner with four.
The loss ended BEA's season and dropped their overall record to 7-17.
With the win, Southland improved to 18-9. The Rebels played Hayfield in the Sub Section Semifinals Thursday.
The loss ended the careers of three BEA seniors Wagner, Lee and Brady Anderson. All three played basketball for the Bucs for all four years of their high school careers.