BEA lose two for the week
Once again, the second half proved to be the downfall of the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers.
On Thursday night, the Bucs traveled to New Ulm to take on the Eagles. Despite a good first half of play, the Bucs came home with a 71-55 loss.
BEA took the early lead on baskets by Sam Lee, Brady Anderson and Taylor Owen.
At one point, the Bucs led by six points, at 19-13, when Lee hit his 10th point of the game.
However, New Ulm responded with back-to-back 3-pointers, and tied the game at 19.
The Eagles had started the game trying to fire in the long-range shots, and continued to do so all night long.
They hit eight of them during the contest.
The rest of the first half saw the score either tied, or one team with a one-point advantage.
With BEA ahead by one, at 27-26, New Ulm fired in two more 3-pointers for a 32-27 lead at the buzzer.
The Eagles started the second half where they had left off in the first; hitting a trey.
From there, they continued to build on the lead. BEA failed to score for the first three minutes of the second half.
The Bucs continued to fight to stay in the game, with Anderson hitting a three of his own, cutting the score to 37-30. He hit another later in the half, as did Riley Holmseth and Dallas Barslou.
But, it was too little scoring for the Bucs, and the Eagles continued to roll. They ended with five players in double figures for scoring.
BEA was led by Owen, with 14 points. Lee added 12, Anderson 10 and Holmseth nine.
The Bucs were 16 of 31 from two-point range, and 4 of 18 from the three point line. They were 11 of 20 (55 percent) for free throws.
The Eagles were 20 of 36 for two-point shooting, 8 of 20 for threes. New Ulm was 7 of 11 from the charity stripe.
The Bucs out-rebounded the Eagles 29-26.
Lee grabbed five boards, Owen seven and Anderson had four.
Owen also had six assists.
BEA’s record fell to 1-9, and they are 0-2 in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs play a make-up game on Monday night against St. James. They play at Fairmont on Friday.