The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team could not keep up with Waseca last Thursday night.
The Bluejays propelled to 8-1 on the season with a 77-49 victory over the 1-5 Bucs.
Luke Monson had 15 points for the maroon and gold.
Waseca was led by Shane Streich who went for 19 points. Nick Dufault, 15 points and Jake Busse, 16 points, also posted double figures.
The maroon and gold got off to a slow start falling behind early, 8-2.
Conor Barnett stopped the run with a three-pointer.
Bailey Olson scored the last points for the Buccaneers going into the half.
However, the Bluejays scored ten consecutive points after Olson's basket, giving the home team an 11-point advantage at the break.
Monson scored the first five points for the visiting Buccaneers in the second half to cut the lead to ten, but that would be all the closer they would get.
Waseca had other plans as they outscored BEA 18-9 over the next five minutes.
After Olson connected on another three ball to stop the Waseca run, the Bluejays scored 16 unanswered points to put the game out of reach for the Buccaneers.
Olson finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds for the maroon and gold.
BEA vs. Fairmont
Luke Monson's third consecutive double-double was not enough to power the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team past Fairmont, 55-60, on Dec. 13.
Monson had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the maroon and gold. He is averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds so far this season.
"I think the best thing our kids can take away from this game is confidence," coach Seth Anderson says. "They should know they have the ability to compete at a high level and we are moving in the right direction."
This matchup was a game of runs. The Fairmont Cardinals opened up a large lead early. They started the game by taking a 14-1 advantage.
Brandon Olson stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer, making it a 14-4 game.
On the next play, Monson also hit from behind the arc.
The Bucs scored 10 unanswered points before Cardinal Mitch Pfingsten stopped the run with two of his game-high 27 points.
Fairmont ended the half with a 14-5 spurt, which gave them a 10-point edge heading into the locker room.
This time, however, the Buccaneers came out running. Bailey Olson's basket tied the game at 34 and capped the maroon and gold's opening second half 14-4 run. Olson contributed 10 points and nine rebounds and was the only other Buc who reached double figures.
Monson gave the Buccaneers their first lead of the game at 39-36. But, unfortunately for BEA, that lead did not last long.
Pfingsten scored 15 of his 27 in the second half. He iced it with two late free throws, handing BEA their third loss of the season.
Only four players scored for the Cardinals with Pfingsten leading the way. Josh Eversman added 17 points and six rebounds in the Cardinals victory.
Coach Anderson believes there are no moral victories in close games like this one.
"Moral victories are for teams that have no expectations," he says. "We believe we can beat and should beat top tier teams. I think we had lots of positives, but in no way is it ever satisfying after a loss."