The game was a see-saw, back and forth battle all night long.
But at the end of the game, the Buccaneers had erased a 10-point, second half deficit and pulled out a last minute 71-68 win over the visiting Giants of Le Sueur-Henderson on Tuesday night.
The Bucs, who were enjoying the return of senior guard Dallas Barslou for his second game, were now without their leading point scorer, Luke Monson, sidelined with a head injury suffered in last Saturday's game at New Ulm.
The Buccaneers were lucky to have Barslou back in the lineup, as he was the high point scorer on the night with 24.
But, with nine minutes left in the game, and the Bucs behind by 10 at 56-46, Barslou picked up his fourth foul and would spend the next four minutes on the bench.
When he returned to the court at the five minute mark, the Buccaneers were still down by eight at 65-57.
That is when the 5-foot-10 speedster scored the next seven points of the game and brought the Bucs to within one of the Giants, 65-64. He first drove the lane for a score, then sank two free-throws and followed it with a long-range three-point shot.
After LSH scored another basket with 1:25 left, BEA trailed by three at 67-64.
The Bucs Steven Plocker made a great reverse layup, was fouled, sank the free-throw and tied the game at 67-67 with just over one minute left.
That set up the wild finish.
The Giants had the first score in the final minute with a free-throw, giving them the lead at 68-67.
With just 20.2 seconds left on the clock, Barslou drove for a two-point basket to put BEA back on top, 69-68.
After the Giants failed on several tries at baskets, the Bucs got the ball and the Giants fouled freshman Colin Squiers. The former free-throw shooting champion calmly sank both his shots at the charity stripe and the Bucs were up 71-68.
And only 1.7 seconds left on the clock.
The Giants tried a long range pass to set up a last second shot, but failed to get it done.
Notch up a hard fought win for BEA, putting their season record at 5-4.
The game was back and forth throughout. The lead changed hands eight times in the first half, with the Giants enjoying a slim 35-31 lead at the half.
Both the Buccaneers and Giants hit a multitude of long range bombs in the game, keeping the score close.
BEA nailed nine three pointers in the game. Barslou had four and was 4 of 4 from the line to get to his 24 points.
Squiers had three threes and was also 4 of 4 from the line and added 13 points to the score column. Plocker also had 13 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Brandyn Olsen accounted for 10 Buc points and Derek Johnson added nine, six off two three-pointer baskets.
Cody Wirt led LSH with 21 points. Ty O'Brien added 12 and Matt Rinehart accounted for 10.
After hosting Fairmont this past Friday night, the Buccaneers play at USC Tuesday and at Waseca on Thursday.
New Ulm 67, BEA 65
The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker in New Ulm last Saturday, Jan. 12.
A short jump shot at the buzzer by New Ulm's 6-foot-6 junior center, Tyler Dittrich, gave the Eagles a 67-65 win over the visiting Buccaneers.
The loss dropped the Bucs season record to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in South Central Conference play.
The Bucs had some small leads in a majority of the first half of the game, but when the half time buzzer sounded, the two teams were tied at 33-all.
The Eagles came out flying high in the second half and built up a 14 point lead 11:30 left in the game. BEA kept after the Eagles with free-throws and turnovers and got themselves back in the game.
A three-point shot by Buc guard Dallas Barslou cut the lead to 54-45 with 10 minutes left. Later, a Luke Monson basket further eroded the lead to 54-52.
BEA was on a 12-0 scoring run at the time.
Eventually, a basket by Buccaneer Steven Plocker tied the game at 57-57 with 5:10 remaining. Another score by Derek Johnson gave BEA the lead at 61-59.
After an Eagle basket tied it at 61, New Ulm took a 65-62 lead with a three-pointer that came with 1:30 left.
BEA tied it up with a single completed free-throw in three successive possessions, the last one with 38.5 seconds left.
The Eagles called a time out with less than 10 seconds left and set up the winning shot.
The Bucs were led by Barslou's 15 points and Johnson added 13. Plocker had 12, Monson 11 and Brandyn Olsen added seven for BEA.
Next up for the Buccaneers this week is a game at USC on Tuesday, and another away game at Waseca on Friday.
Editor's note: Some information for this story furnished by the New Ulm Journal.