Bucs over Rebels by 12
In what has become a bad habit, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys basketball team fell behind early in their game against the USC Rebels in Wells last Tuesday night.
This time, however, the Bucs were able to dig themselves out of a 13-point hole, and dominate the second half, defeating the Rebels 58-46.
USC, without its 6-foot-8 star forward, Kyle Bauman, who was ill, still jumped out to a big lead to start the game.
With 8:38 left in the half, the Rebels were up 19-6.
But, after a time out, BEA started a come back. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Riley Holmseth and Dallas Barslou cut the Rebel lead to four at 21-17. A couple of Daniel Plocker free throws and the lead was down to two, at 23-21.
USC added a basket, and at the half the scoreboard read 25-21, in favor of the home team.
It was early in the second half when Taylor Owen took over the game. His 3-pointer put BEA ahead for the first time, 28-26. He scored twice more to advance the lead to 32-28.
A Brady Anderson alley-oop pass to Isaac Darrington for a bucket, plus another Barslou trey, and suddenly BEA led 37-28.
USC scored twice to cut the deficit and get within five at 37-32, but the Bucs continued their scoring.
A basket by Steven Plocker and a trey by Daniel Plocker, and BEA was ahead by 13 – the same amount they had trailed by in the first half.
BEA went on to lead by as much as 15.
Owen led the Bucs in scoring with 11. Anderson added 10, Barslou nine and Sam Lee eight. Both Holmseth and Darrington had seven to add to the Buc total.
Owen also led in rebounds with eight, while Anderson had six assists and Holmseth three steals.
The Rebels were led by Try Allis who also fired in 11 points. Riley Niebuhr added 10.
The Rebels were 18 of 57 from the floor and 8 of 17 from the free-throw line.
The Bucs were 22 of 44 from the floor, and 9 of 17 from the charity stripe.
The win boosted the Bucs’ record to 4-11, 2-4 in the conference.
This week the Bucs host LCWM on Tuesday in a weather-related make up game, and host New Ulm on Friday.