BEA falls to JCC; USC downs GHEC in final seconds
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys basketball team got off to a rocky start in its own Holiday Basketball Tournament last Tuesday night.
The Bucs ran into a tough Jackson County Central Huskie squad, and were soundly beaten, 65-37.
JCC started quickly, hitting two 3-pointers right away and led 6-0.
The Bucs came back to tie it at 6-6, with a Dallas Barslou 3-point basket. The Huskies countered with a three of their own, going up 9-6.
Again, the Bucs came back and tied it, using free throws by Sam Lee to make the score 9-9.
It was the last time BEA would be close. JCC scored seven straight, moving ahead 16-9, and went on to lead 31-15 at the halftime buzzer.
The Huskies also outscored the Bucs 34-22 in the second half, on their way to the big win.
After JCC started the second stanza with a trey, Taylor Owen answered with one for BEA.
Owen was later on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass and made the bucket.
By then, BEA trailed by 20, at 40-20.
Another Buc 3-pointer, this time by Riley Holmseth, cut the lead to 44-27.
Near the end of the game, Barslou and Brandyn Olsen each hit another three for BEA.
Owen led the Bucs with nine points and seven rebounds. Daniel Plocker added seven points and Barslou six.
JCC out-rebounded BEA 34-21, and also had 14 steals to the Bucs’ five.
BEA made 7 of 13 free throws, while JCC hit 12 of 25 attempts.
The Bucs were 9 of 26 from 2-point range, 4 of 20 from the 3-point arc. The Huskies were 19 of 37, and 5 of 13, respectively.
The Bucs moved on to play the Granada-Huntley-East Chain Mustangs for third place, while the Huskies faced the United South Central Rebels in the championship game.
USC 41, GHEC 40
The first game on Tuesday night was a last second, one-point thriller.
The USC Rebels came from behind and took a one point lead over the GHEC Mustangs with just 40 seconds left in the contest.
Despite a flurry of shots by the Mustangs in the final seconds, none fell and USC completed the come-from-behind win, 41-40.
The Rebels had trailed the whole game, including down 23-16 at the half. They finally took the lead with just a few minutes left in the contest.
USC trailed by one, 40-39 with seconds left, when their 6-foot-8 star, Kyle Bauman, put down a slam-dunk to enable the Rebels to go ahead by one.
Bauman led the team with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
For the Mustangs, Connor Garry scored 15 points and Tanner Nawrocki added 11.