St. Peter wins by 30 points
The St. Peter Saints boys basketball team came marching in to Blue Earth last Friday, Feb. 4, and they left with a 69-39 victory.
St. Peter improved its conference record to 7-1 (12-4) overall. The loss dropped BEA’s record to 2-4 in the conference and 3-11 overall.
The Bucs welcomed back Isaac Darrington after being injured at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, they were without the services of starting guard Brady Anderson and reserve guard Brandyn Olsen, who were both out with ankle injuries.
St. Peter controlled the game from the outset, zooming out to an 18-4 lead 10 minutes into the game.
Darrington’s first basket since early December cut the Saints’ margin to 12 points. The visitors would score four more quick points before Sam Lee took an in-bounds pass from Darrington, making it 22-8 with less than six minutes left in the opening half.
A 12-4 Saints’ run – fueled by junior guard Joey Bartlett’s eight points – gave the Saints a 34-12 half time lead.
The Bucs came out in the second half with a little more offensive spark.
Connor Hanson opened the final stanza with two free throws.
Two consecutive baskets by Taylor Owen helped the Bucs outscore the Saints 6-5 in the early going.
Still, the Bucs trailed by 21 points at 39-18.
Unfortunately for the home town boys, the Saints would go on a 16-4 run that gave them a 33-point lead with 10:30 still left in the game.
The Saints feature a very deep team, with no seniors on the squad and six players over 6-foot-2.
There was not much of a let up when they started substituting late in the game.
Blue Earth Area actually shot 52 percent from two point range during the game, making 13 of their 25 attempts.
However, the Saints attempted 40 shots and made 24 of them, shooting at a 60 percent clip.
Neither team was on fire from three point range. The Bucs made 2 of 9 attempts and the Saints made 3 of 10 tries.
BEA was 7 of 14 from the free throw line. St. Peter connected on 12 of their 19 attempts from the charity stripe.
Rebounds actually favored the Bucs by a 23-21 margin.
However, the Saints only committed 11 turnovers while the Bucs were charged with 30.
The Saints also held a huge advantage in the steal department coming away with 13 thefts to the Bucs’ three.
Sam Lee led in scoring for the Bucs, reaching double figures with 11 points. Taylor Owen finished with nine points, all in the second half.
Owen led the team in rebounds with six boards followed by Lee with four.
St. Peter sits at the top of the conference with a one game lead over Fairmont with two conference games left on their schedule.
Blue Earth Area is tied for the fourth spot with St. James with four conference games remaining for each team.