KoMets speed too much for BEA
A few fans wondered if the boys basketball game between the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers and the KoMets of Kasson-Mantorville would even be close.
The KoMets returned most of their players from a fast, tall, athletic team a year ago. Plus, they have started this season with a 3-0 record.
But, the Bucs used some key three-pointers to keep the game close, and nearly pull out the upset.
It was a low-scoring affair that ended with BEA on the losing side of the score, 42-39.
The Bucs’ first points came off a couple of threes from Brady Anderson.
Strong defensive play from both teams kept the score at just 19-14 in favor of the KoMets at the half.
The Bucs used three-pointers by Riley Holmseth, Connor Hanson and Taylor Olson to get close at 25-23. But, the Bucs could not get over the hump and take a lead.
Another Hanson three pulled BEA to within five at 32-28. It was the last score by either team for just over a four and a half minute period.
Eventually, with just 4:30 left in the game, the KoMets got a bucket to go up 34-28.
It was another whole minute later that the Bucs finally ended their scoring drought and Owen got a shot to fall.
BEA trailed by nine, 40-31 at the two-minute mark. At that point, they started a furious try at a comeback.
Baskets and free-throws by Anderson and Hanson brought the Bucs back to within three at 40-37 with 40 seconds left in the game.
Both teams added two more points each, to make the final 42-39.
Anderson missed a potential tying shot at the end, and the KoMets missed a try at a fast-break dunk.
Anderson led BEA with 17 points. Hanson added eight and Owen seven.
After trailing 19-14 at the half, BEA outscored K-M 25-23 in the second half.
The Bucs were just 3 of 9 from the free-throw line, but the KoMets were just 3 of 10.
Leading scorer for K-M was Alex Ek with 13 points and Reed Griffin with 12.
This week the Bucs host their own Holiday Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. BEA plays JCC on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.