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BREAKING NEWS

BEA downs St. James

By Staff | Feb 21, 2010

Sam Lee

Riley Holmseth opened the game with a trey from the top of the key and the Bucs never looked back as they cruised to a 25-point half time lead – on their way to a 67-46 victory over the visiting St. James Saints in basketball action Feb. 12.

“The first half was probably the best half of basketball we have played all year,” notes Bucs coach Gary Holmseth.

In a pregame ceremony, Coach Holmseth presented senior Garrett Anderson with a plaque honoring Anderson as the Bucs’ all-time leading rebounder.

Anderson and his Buc teammates then went out and displayed their skills on the boards as they out-rebounded the Saints by a 44-17 margin. The Bucs were especially good on their defensive end of the court as they allowed the Saints only three offensive rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Bucs offense was firing on all cylinders putting 43 points on the scoreboard in the first half. They scored in a variety of ways, including five baskets off offensive rebounds.

During one stretch late in the first half, Anderson, Nate Carr, and Jared Smith scored consecutive baskets on offensive rebounds.

The real crowd pleaser came when Nick Lee went high for a dunk with just over one minute left in the first half. Holmseth then matched his opening game trey with a trey to close the first half, giving the maroon and gold a 43-18 half time lead.

Trailing by a score of 49-23, with 14 minutes left in the game, the Saints put together an 11-0 run, bringing them within 15 points of the Bucs at 49-34. Moments later they would cut the Bucs lead to 13 points at 52-39 as the hometown fans became a bit uneasy.

The Bucs responded by outscoring the Saints 13-3 over the next five minutes, taking a 65-42 lead and closing out the game to gain their 15th victory against four losses. The win also moved their conference record to 7-2.

“At this time of the year, we need to work to bury teams when we get them down,” comments Coach Holmseth.

Garrett Anderson and Nick Lee each recorded double-doubles for the evening. Anderson tallied 16 points to Lee’s 14 while both players each pulled down 12 rebounds.

Joining Anderson and Lee in double figure scoring was Riley Holmseth who finished the night with 10 points. Brady Anderson and Nate Carr finished with nine and eight points respectively.

The Bucs made 24 of 50 of their two point attempts, while going 3 for 8 on 3-point attempts.