Buc boys win one-point thriller against…the Bucs
The pundits before the game were joking that they knew for sure the Bucs would win last week Monday night. The question was, which Bucs would win.
It turned out that the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers escaped with a one-point win against the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers. The final score was 47-46.
It could have just as easily been a one point loss for the BEA Bucs. A last second shot by the WEM Bucs went in the basket but miraculously popped back out again.
A three-pointer by Logan Becker broke a 13-13 tie in the first half, and the BEA boys were never tied or behind again in the game. However, every time they built up a small lead, the WEM boys came right back and made the score close.
The BEA Bucs got a 22-13 lead before half, but the WEM Bucs got four points and it was just 22-17 at the half.
The local Bucs got a 30-21 lead in the second half, and then also led by 39-31.
With just under two minutes left they had a 47-40 lead after Becker hit two free-throws – but it was the last points the Bucs would get.
A series of three bad passes by BEA, caused by a WEM press, allowed the home Bucs to score twice and the game got close. The BEA Bucs then missed a few free-throws, and one field goal try. With under 30 seconds left the game was at 47-46.
The BEA Bucs missed another free throw try with 21 seconds left.
That is when WEM missed the shot that went in but came back out. With seven seconds left they fouled a Blue Earth player but the free-throw was missed and WEM got one final last second shot that was way off.
“Whew, that was a close one,” Becker said afterwards. “We had a lot of trouble with their press.”
BEA’s Nick Lee and Garrett Anderson each had 12 points in the game, while Becker had 11 points. Nate Carr grabbed a game high nine rebounds.
The Bucs were 19 of 35 for field goals, and six of 13 for free-throws.
The win put the Buccaneers overall record now at 7-2.
Their next game was Friday when they hosted St. James. This week they host Jackson County on Tuesday, and then travel to New Ulm on Thursday and MCW on Saturday.
The Buc B-Squad had a tough game against the WEM B-Squad. They trailed just 15-8 at the half but then lost 60-24 at the end.
Charlie Garlick led the team with nine points.