The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team did not get off to the start that they wanted.
The Buccaneers dropped their first contest of the season to the Martin County West Mavericks last Tuesday night, in a nonconference game in Trimont, 59-41.
The maroon and gold were led by Luke Monson. He finished with 14 points, going two of six from long distance. The senior big man started off just where he left off from his All-Conference performance last year. Monson also corralled seven rebounds.
Derek Johnson added 12. All of his points came from behind the arc.
"Our 2-3 zone was a bright spot in this game," head coach Seth Anderson says. "What killed us was our mishandling of the ball and the careless turnovers."
The pressure defense up top and trapping schemes below kept the Bucs in the game for most of the beginning part of the half.
However, on the other side of the ball, the Mavericks were really giving the maroon and gold all they could handle.
According to Anderson, the Mavericks press really gave his team problems.
"It's hard to get in any kind of rhythm when you keep losing the ball at midcourt and giving the other team fastbreaks," Anderson says.
The Bucs committed 18 turnovers on the night, compared to only 8 for the home team.
"We can't give any teams easy points if we expect to win games," Anderson explains.
One area that BEA did not struggle with was allowing offensive rebounds to their opponent. The Mavs only totaled one offensive board all night.
The Buccaneers took a modest 23-16 deficit into the halftime break.
However, the second half was much of the same story for the visiting Bucs.
They were outscored 36-25 enroute to their first loss of the season.
The team combined to shoot 47 percent from the floor, connecting on six of 17 three-pointers.
Quinn Huisman contributed with a solid all- around effort. He had seven points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in the game.
For the home team, senior Cordell Weber paced the Maverick offense with 17 points and three steals.
Jake Faber pitched in with 12 points and pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists for Martin County West, while teammate Alex Biehn scored nine points and notched three steals.
Despite the offensive struggles, BEA really impressed coach Anderson with their defense. According to Anderson, it is something that the team can build on for their next contest.
BEA (0-1) will host St. James this upcoming Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
"We need to fix our turnovers and concentrate on taking it one game at a time," Anderson says. "We will get better and continue to build on our defensive success."