Bucs suffer overtime loss
The Buccaneers of Blue Earth Area gave the unbeaten and state-ranked Hubmen of Jordan a real scare on Tuesday night.
The Bucs led most of the second half, but fell 65-62 in overtime.
Key to the game was the long bomb. Jordan hit eight 3-pointers during the game, to BEA’s three.
The Bucs held a slim lead at the half, 30-28.
BEA had jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead to start the game, and pushed it to an 11-7 advantage.
That’s when Jordan went on a 7-0 run and took over the lead at 14-11.
The Bucs came back to tie it up at 16-16, one of four times it would be tied before the halftime buzzer.
In the second half, the Bucs got ahead 35-30, but the 5-point lead disappeared in seconds.
The Hubmen hit a trey, then stole the ball and made a fast break layup to tie the game.
The Bucs Brady Anderson tied the game again, at 38, with a 3-pointer. BEA would lead – or the score would be tied – for most of the rest of the half. However, every time the Bucs built a slim lead, the Hubmen cut it back with a trey.
BEA was up 49-45 when Jordan hit a trey.
Again, BEA was up 52-48 when a Jordan bucket from beyond the arc cut it to one – 52-51.
The Bucs were ahead 54-53 when yet another Hubmen 3-pointer put Jordan up 56-54, with two minutes left.
Nathan Carr put in a close-range shot to knot the game at 56-all with 1:19 left.
Both teams tried for another score, but neither managed to do it, and the game went into overtime.
Jordan continued their hot 3-point shooting and hit one more to lead off the overtime. It proved to be the difference in the game.
Carr got another score to make it 59-58 with 1:33 left, and the Bucs were close again at 60-59 when both teams hit a single free throw.
Jordan built up a larger lead at 64-59, but a 3-pointer by Riley Holmseth cut the opponent’s lead to 64-62 with just 8.8 seconds left. BEA fouled and Jordan made one free throw to go up by three.
Nick Lee tried a last second three to tie it, but it failed to go in.
Four Bucs hit double figures in the scoring column.
Carr and Brady Anderson connected for 15 points and three steals each, while Garrett Anderson and Nick Lee each added 12.
Anderson also had 14 rebounds and five assists.
Jordan’s outstanding 6-foot-6 senior forward, Yuriy Malashenko, led the Hubmen with 22 points. Kurt Hynes added 19.
BEA is now 5-2 for the season and 1-1 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs make up a rescheduled game on Monday when they travel to Waseca. On Friday they will host New Ulm.