Bucs’ rally falls short at St. Peter
Down by 18 points in the second half, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys mounted a big rally against the St. Peter Saints on Tuesday night last week.
Although they managed to get back within six near the end of the game, they were unable to finish off the miraculous comeback, and fell 54-46 at the final buzzer.
It was the first half where the Bucs dug themselves into a deep hole.
They actually held an early lead against the Saints, and it seemed as though the game might be a battle all night long. But, that idea was short lived.
St. Peter scored a basket to tie it up at 8-8, then continued on to score a total of 20 unanswered points and take a commanding 26-8 lead.
A three-point basket by Brady Anderson, with just under two minutes to go in the half, finally broke the Buccaneers long – nearly ten minute – scoring drought.
BEA trailed 32-18 at the mid-way break, after scores by Riley Holmseth, Sam Lee and Anderson gave the Bucs a few more points in the last minute of play.
Neither team could manage a basket for the first couple of minutes in the second half, but the Saints finally broke through and scored a couple, getting up by 18.
It was Lee and Taylor Owen who started the rally. Each of them had two baskets from close in that helped cut the Saints’ lead to 10 at 38-28.
Daniel Plocker came in off the bench and continued the rally, scoring the Bucs next six points, with two layups and a put back off a missed shot.
That got BEA within six at 40-34.
The Saints quickly put the margin back to 10, at 46-36.
Lee and Owen scored a couple of baskets, cutting the deficit back to six, 46-40, with just over two minutes to go in the game.
St. Peter didn’t quit, however, and once more had a 10-point lead at 52-42. Baskets by Owen and Lee, and free-throws by Holmseth, were not enough to overcome the Saints, and the Bucs fell seven points short, 53-46.
Lee led the scoring for BEA with 16 points. Plocker added 10 and Owen nine.
BEA’s record dropped to 1-4 overall, and 0-1 in the conference, with the loss to St. Peter. The Saints are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs host their own Holiday Tournament.