BEA relies on 54-point half
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers boys basketball team had a monstrous second half – 54 points – against the Huskies of Jackson County Central last Monday night, propelling them to a come-from-behind 84-73 victory.
The Bucs had four players hit for more than 15 points.
Garrett Anderson led the way with 22 points, while teammates Nate Carr added 18, Brady Anderson 17 and Nick Lee 16.
The Bucs found themselves behind 36-30 at the half. Most of the first half was a back-and-forth battle. Three-pointers changed the lead several times.
Brady Anderson had hit a couple from beyond the arc, helping the Bucs to a 15-9 lead. The Huskies regained the lead at 24-22 with a traditional three point play after hitting a couple of long range bombs before that.
After the score was tied at 26-all, JCC went ahead and kept the lead to the halftime buzzer.
The Bucs were behind 53-48 in the second half when they went on a 9-0 scoring run to take over the lead at 57-53, with just over nine minutes left in the game.
With several Buccaneer starters having to spend time on the bench due to foul trouble, the Huskies were able to stay close and trailed by four at 66-62, with five and a half minutes left in the game.
Then, the Bucs put on an exhibition, scoring several times on alley-oop passes from Brady Anderson to Lee or Carr.
Suddenly, BEA was up 82-65. The Huskies made a few more points, including their eighth 3-pointer of the game, but time ran out with the Bucs up 84-73.
Garrett Anderson completed another double-double, grabbing 17 rebounds to go with his 22 points. The Bucs narrowly out-rebounded the Huskies 33-32. BEA had 25 assists, with Carr making eight of them.
The Bucs were 36 of 68 shooting from the floor, with three 3-pointers. They were 9 of 20 from the free throw line.
The Huskies were 26 of 61 shooting from the floor, with eight 3-pointers. They were 13 of 25 from the line.
The win pushes the Buccaneer’s season record to 19-4. A game on Friday, at LCWM, was the final regular season.
The Bucs will enter post-season play this week.