BEA soars past Eagles
A 10-0 Blue Earth Area run at the end of the first half was the shot of energy needed to boost them to a 56-48 victory over the New Ulm boys basketball team Thursday night.
“The run at the end of the half was absolutely huge,” BEA head coach Gary Holmseth says. “To do it without your senior leader is amazing.”
The Bucs standout point guard, Brady Anderson, rolled his ankle and didn’t return to the game after making a reverse layup for the fifth point of the BEA 10-0 swing.
“When something like that happens, you can respond either one of two ways to adversity,” Holmseth says. “The other guys didn’t blink an eye and that’s the response you hope for.”
The momentum change was capped by a Jake Wagner putback and a Dallas Barslou 3-pointer after the injury to Anderson. The 10-0 run gave the Bucs a 23-20 lead going into halftime and BEA never looked back.
Barslou showcased his talents from the perimeter to lead the Bucs charge in the second frame. The gunner made six 3-point baskets on the evening, including two big 3’s opening up play after intermission to extend the Buc lead to 31-24.
“The key to getting Dallas open outside was getting the ball inside,” Holmseth says. “Our posts did a nice job of kicking the ball back out to him.”
Barslou started strong in the half and continued to pour in baskets until the final buzzer. All but six of his game-high 28 points came in the final frame.
Strong shooting helped extend the BEA lead to 13 points with 50 seconds left. Then things got interesting.
New Ulm benefitted from extra opportunities on the offensive end and whittled the BEA lead down to five points with 17 seconds left to go.
To BEA’s credit, they never got flustered and continued to feed the ball to the hot hand.
Barslou made eight consecutive free throws without a miss at the end of the game to seal the win.
“The guys did a nice job of getting the ball to the right people at the end of the game,” Holmseth says. “Dallas did his job at the line making eight in a row.”
Substantial contributions from the BEA bench were another catalyst to the eight-point victory.
Jake Wagner, Steven Plocker and Luke Monson combined to score 13 points in relief of the starters.
Other players cracking the scoring column for the Bucs were Sam Lee with five, Brady Anderson three, Brandyn Olsen three and Isaac Darrington four.
“I thought our team got stronger and stronger as the game went on,” Holmseth says about his Bucs who improved their record to 4-6 overall. BEA is now 2-2 in the South Central Conference.
The Bucs have now won four of their last five and will attempt to continue their three-game winning streak next week.
BEA played Saturday against Hayfield in a boy-girl doubleheader after the Register’s press time. Tuesday they will host New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and Friday they will travel to Fairmont.