Bucs in Section finals
Nate Carr had 28 points to lead the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys basketball team to a 71-62 win over the Maple River Eagles in the Sub-Section championship game of the Section 2A Class 2AA Tournament.
The win put the Bucs into the Section Championship game held on Friday, where they played Jordan for a right to go to the State Tournament.
Details on that game will be in next week’s Register, and will be posted on the Register Web site at www.faribaultcountyregister.com.
During last Monday’s Sub-Section final against Maple River, the BEA boys were never behind. But, the Eagles never quit and at one point were just three points back with eight minutes left in the contest.
Nick Lee started the game with a 3-point shot and the Bucs stayed ahead the rest of the way.
Maple River was within three when BEA had a 13-10 lead, but the Bucs continued to stay about five points ahead most of the first half.
Lee made a monster block of an Eagle shot early in the first half, but later picked up his third foul and was out for several minutes.
The Eagles hit a 3-pointer to make it close at 24-18, but Riley Holmseth responded with a three of his own. That was countered with another Maple River three, advancing the score to 27-21 in favor of BEA.
Carr got a basket and then a pair of free throws, giving the Bucs a 10-point advantage, 35-25, at the half.
The Bucs kept the lead at 10 for the first part of the second half, and led 45-35 at one point.
The Eagles had a 5-0 run to cut that lead to 45-40, then cut it to three at both 47-44 and 49-46.
That is when Carr continued his torrid scoring, getting pin-point passes from several teammates as he scored from short range and from the free-throw line.
BEA was back up by nine, 57-48, when the Eagles hit another three. Another Maple River basket got them within four, at 57-53 – but they would not get closer.
A Carr lay up once again put the Bucs ahead by nine, 64-55. It was followed by one more Eagle 3-point shot.From there on it was a series of free throws for the Bucs. Carr got the last point of the game when the Eagle bench was hit with a technical foul. He made 1 of 2, notching the final tally at 71-62.
“The guys got their second wind and stayed strong to the end,” Buc head coach Gary Holmseth says. “For a while there we forgot to dance with the gal who brought us, and Maple River got back in it, but then we got back to our game, and that made a difference.”
“We’re good when we can get the ball inside,” Holmseth further explained.
He pointed out that Maple River is a well coached, excellent ball club.
“Their quickness and dribble penetration hurt us, they are a tremendous team,” the Buc mentor says. “And, as usual, they are a good three point shooting team.”
As far as Carr stepping up and playing large, Holmseth says he is not surprised.
“Nate has had a season of being a ‘stud’ for us,” Holmseth says. “But these last three games his play has been exceptional. But give the rest of the team the benefit of being able to find him under the basket and get him the ball.”
Besides Carr’s 28 points, Garrett Anderson tossed in 16 for the Bucs.
Riley Holmseth had an outstanding night, scoring 15 for the Buccaneers.
BEA made 21 2-pointers and four 3-pointers in the game. They also shot 68 percent from the free throw line, hitting 17 of 25.
Maple River hit 18 2-point shots and five from beyond the arc. They were 14 of 22 from the charity stripe.
The Eagles outscored the Bucs 37-36 in the second half.