Boys get big second half
Although the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys basketball team defeated the Montgomery-Lonsdale Redbirds by 15 points on Tuesday night, the game was closer than the final score indicated.
The Bucs won 66-51. However, it was a 10-0 run in the final two minutes of the game that pushed the margin that high.
In fact, BEA was behind almost all of the first half, sometimes by as many as six points.
A basket late in the half by Garrett Anderson finally tied the game at 27. A free throw by Nate Carr just before the buzzer gave the Bucs a 1-point edge, 28-27, going into the locker room.
The two teams battled early in the second half, with the game tied at 32, and again at 36.
A free throw by Nick Lee broke the tie, and the Bucs led the rest of the game.
Back-to-back steals and layups by Lee and Carr gave BEA a 7-point lead at 45-38. Montgomery-Lonsdale cut the lead to three, at 50-47 with three minutes left in the game.
With the score 54-49, the Bucs got 10 unanswered points, including another set of back-to-back steals by Nick Lee, who went coast-to-coast for the layup both times.
With the score 64-49 and only seconds left, both teams got two more points before the buzzer sounded.
Nick Lee led the Bucs in scoring, hitting for 21. The Redbirds’ John Trnka led all scorers with 23 points.
Anderson had a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Carr also hit for 17 of the Bucs’ points.
The Buccaneers hit 62 percent of their free throws, nailing 18 of 29 attempts. From the field they were 24 of 49, none of which were 3-pointers.
The non-conference win put the Bucs record at 4-5. They remain 1-2 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs are scheduled to play at NRHEG on Monday, and host New Ulm on Thursday and Kasson-Mantorville on Saturday.