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Giants slip past BEA, 41-38

By Staff | Jan 10, 2011

Daniel Plocker eyes the basket to attempt a shot over the outstretched arm of a Giants player.

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.