Boys win in OT, clip Eagles
After leading by 17 points in the first half, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers had to go to overtime to defeat the Belle Plaine Tigers 74-65 last Monday night.
Garrett Anderson had to hit a key shot in the last minute of regulation in order to send the game into overtime.
Anderson and Nate Carr tied for the lead scoring position, each getting 21 points for the Bucs. Anderson also had 17 rebounds, giving him a double-double in the game. He also had four blocks in the game.
Carr was a perfect 5 for 5 at the free-throw line, and also hit 2 of 3 three-point shot attempts. He also grabbed five boards.
Nick Lee added 13 points for BEA, and also had nine rebounds and four steals.
Brady Anderson and Jared Smith each contributed nine points in the Buc scoring column. All of Smith’s points came on three shots from beyond the arc.
The Bucs were up 38-25 at the half-time buzzer, but were out scored 32-19 in the second half, causing the score to be tied at 57-all at the end of regulation.
BEA dominated in the overtime, outscoring the Tigers 17-8. The Bucs also dominated in rebounding, grabbing 41 compared to the Tigers’ 26.
The Buccaneers were 21 of 45 for two-point shots and 6 of 13 for three-pointers. They also made 14 of 22 free throw attempts.
Belle Plaine 16 of 44 for two pointers, 8 of 21 for three pointers, and 9 of 17 free throws.
The Bucs, now 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in the South Central Conference, play a rescheduled game at St. James on Monday. They will host Waseca on Thursday, and travel to MCW on Friday.
BEA 74, New Ulm 57
It was a case of inside muscle versus long-range bombs in the Buccaneer gym on Friday, Jan. 15.
In the end, the close-in game prevailed.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers used their inside strength to defeat the New Ulm Eagles 74-57, despite a barrage of three-pointers from the visitors.
The Eagles made 10 of their shots from beyond the arc, accounting for more than half of their 57 points.
New Ulm hit six of their treys in the first half. It not only kept them in the game, they took over the lead in the final five minutes of the half, and led 32-29 at the buzzer.
BEA regained the lead at the start of the second half, but an Eagle three-pointer tied the game at 37-37.
A traditional three point play by Nick Lee put the Buccaneers ahead 40-37. The BEA squad would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.
However, three more of the Eagle long bombs would keep the New Ulm team relatively close. Their final trey came with 4:22 left in the game and cut the Bucs’ lead to 57-52.
From there, BEA steadily increased their advantage, outscoring the visitors 15-5 in the final minutes.
Lee led the Buc scorers with 23 points. Garrett Anderson added 20, Nate Carr 14 and Brady Anderson had nine.
BEA made 26 of their two point shot attempts, and two of their three point tries.
They were also 14 of 23 from the charity stripe, a 61 percent clip. The Eagles sank 9 of 16 free throws, for 56 percent.
It was the eighth win of the season for the Buccaneers, with just two losses.