Buc defense stifles St. James
A first half which saw the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team hold the visiting St. James Saints to only eight points, propelled the Buccaneers to a 64-28 victory in South Central Conference action Monday night.
“Our overall mental and physical toughness for the duration of the whole game was the best it’s been all year,” says Bucs head coach Gary Holmseth.
A look at the statistics reveals just how complete a game the maroon and gold put together. They shot 49 percent from the field, making 25 of 51 attempts including six successful 3-pointers. They controlled the boards by a 33-19 margin and dished out 15 assists. They also took care of the ball committing only nine turnovers against a team that pressed them most of the night. Also, they did not allow any successful treys by the Saints.
Brady Anderson, who would lead all players with 16 points, got the Bucs going early with a baseline jumper and trey to give the Bucs a quick 5-0 lead.
The Saints got their first bucket of the night to make it 5-2, but the Bucs went on a 22-1 scoring run to take a commanding 27-3 lead with just under six minutes to go in the first half.
Sam Lee would close out the first half scoring for the host team with two consecutive buckets. The first would come on a turnaround jumper. The final two points of the half was a result of excellent ball movement by the Bucs – with a Taylor Owen to Anderson to Lee combination giving the Bucs a 33-8 halftime edge.
A Riley Holmseth trey and a Lee basket off an Owen assist, kept the Bucs momentum going in the second half, with BEA continuing to increase their lead.
By rule, with the time remaining in the game at nine minutes or less and the margin between the two teams 35 points or more, the game clock goes to running time. Once running time starts it does not stop unless the margin is reduced to less than 30 points.
The Bucs had first achieved the 35 point margin with 10:18 remaining with a 51-16 lead. The margin allowed all of the players a chance to log some minutes in the game, with the Bucs claiming their first conference win in three tries.
Besides Anderson’s 16 points, Lee also finished in double figures with 14 points. Brandyn Olsen also added two treys for the Bucs.
Taylor Olson hauled down 10 rebounds followed by Anderson with seven and Lee with six. Holmseth led the team with four assists.
Blue Earth Area now has an overall record of 2-9 while the Saints dropped to 2-7 overall, 0-3 in the conference.