Mavs down Bucs by 9
It was too bad for the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team that its game against the Martin County West Mavericks last Tuesday wasn’t over when the halftime buzzer sounded. At that time, BEA led MCW 25-17.
Fortunately for the Mavericks, there was a second half, and they staged a come-from-behind win over the Bucs, 49-40.
BEA jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, on baskets by Taylor Owen and Brady Anderson.
After the Mavericks scored to make it 4-2, the Bucs went on a 9-0 run, pulling ahead 13-2.
BEA went ahead 17-8 on a put back shot by Sam Lee, then led 19-11 after Anderson hit another bucket.
Owen scored the Bucs’ next six points as BEA got to its eight point halftime advantage.
Owen scored 12 points in the first half, but only two in the second half. Still, he led the Buccaneers with 14 points.
The Mavericks pulled close in the second half, but the Bucs led by three, 29-26, after Lee had another put back shot.
Unfortunately, that was the last points BEA would score for nearly seven minutes. When Anderson sank BEA’s first free throw attempt of the night, it put the Bucs’ point total at 30, compared to MCW’s 34.
A 3-pointer by Riley Holmseth brought the Bucs within one at 34-33. The Mavericks upped the score to 39-33, then 42-34.
Both teams were able to score a few more times, making the final 49-40.
The loss dropped BEA to a 1-8 record, while MCW advanced to 6-4 for the season.
“We turned one corner, but we still have some corners ahead of us,” Buc coach Gary Holmseth says. “We are getting there, but we need to hang in there and stay confident. Good things come to those who work hard.”
The Bucs had 14 turnovers to the Mavericks’ 13. BEA outrebounded MCW 32-25.
Lee led the rebounding with 13 boards, while Owen had 10.
Besides Owen’s 14 points, Anderson added 13, Lee eight and Holmseth five.
The Bucs were 18 of 53 from the field for 34 percent shooting, while the Mavericks were 18 of 38 for 47 percent.
It was at the line that MCW had the game-winning advantage. They hit 12 free throws out of 20 attempts, for 60 percent. Meanwhile, BEA only went to the line five times and made two of them, for 40 percent accuracy.