Giants slip past BEA, 41-38
Blue Earth Area’s shooting woes continued as they fell to the visiting LeSueur-Henderson Giants 41-38 in boys basketball action last Tuesday evening.
After battling to an 8-8 tie, the Giants rattled off seven straight points to take a 15-8 lead. They outscored the Bucs 8-5 over the last few minutes of the opening stanza, taking a 23-13 lead into the half.
The Bucs scored 10 points in the opening 4:14 of the second half to cut the Giants’ lead in half at 28-23.
Daniel Plocker followed a field goal with two free throws to pull the Bucs to within one point.
A free throw by the Giants gave them a two-point lead, but Taylor Owen’s jumper from the free-throw line knotted the score at 29-29.
The Giants’ Jack Fraser hit his third trey of the night to give the visitors a three point cushion.
The teams traded buckets, before Sam Lee was fouled as he scored. His free throw didn’t drop and with 7:27 left the Giants clung to a one point lead at 34-33.
The Bucs had another chance to take the lead, but two more free throws missed their mark and Fraser hit his fourth trey to make it 37-33 in favor of the Giants.
Trailing 41-35, BEA’s Brady Anderson scored a traditional three-point play to bring the Bucs within three points of the Giants with 32 seconds left.
A turnover by the Giants gave the Bucs the ball.
A set play gave Riley Holmseth a 3-point attempt from the top of the key.
The shot looked good, but didn’t go down and the Giants held on for the victory.
“Without a doubt, this was one of our best defensive efforts of the season,” says Bucs coach Gary Holmseth. “We ran a good offense and got the ball inside, but just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop.”
The maroon and gold shot just over 30 percent (13-43) from the field for the night.
Sam Lee scored 10 of his team’s 13 first-half points.
Lee was the leading scorer for the Bucs with 14 points. Holmseth and Plocker finished with six points each.
The Bucs were 9 of 14 from the free-throw line while the Giants were 8 of 15 from the charity stripe.
Blue Earth Area out-rebounded the Giants 32-29 while committing 12 turnovers to the Giants’ 10 turnovers.
The loss drops the Bucs’ record to 1-7, while the Giants improved to 3-6.
This week BEA hosts MCW on Tuesday, travels to New Ulm on Thursday, then hosts a make-up game against Waseca on Friday.