Bucs down Saints for first SCC win
Dallas Barslou exploded for six 3-pointers in the second half to vault the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer boys basketball team to a 63-53 victory over St. James.
The hot-handed shooting guard scored a game-high 24 points – 21 of them coming from treys – but his last three points from the free throw line might have been the most important of the night.
Barslou stepped up to the free throw line four times in the final minute and made three of them to extend the Buccaneer lead from four to seven points. Brady Anderson tacked on the final three, cementing a BEA 10-point, South Central Conference victory.
The win was BEA’s first conference triumph of the year, but in the first half things didn’t look so promising.
St. James built their lead to 10 points on two occasions, but BEA roared back to close within three at halftime, making the score 25-22.
The Saints held on to their advantage until Barslou knotted the game at 27 all. The Bucs went ahead for good on another bomb from the 5-foot-10 marksman to give BEA a 32-30 edge in the opening moments of the second half.
By the time Barslou dialed up his seventh three of the game, the Buccaneers enjoyed a 55-43 lead.
A beautiful pass from Anderson to Isaac Darrington for a lay-in gave the Bucs a 57-45 lead, but the Saints responded with eight unanswered points to close within four points with forty seconds remaining.
That’s when Barslou calmly approached the line and made three of his next four attempts.
Anderson added a free throw, a steal and a layup in the final 20 seconds to give BEA a 63-53 victory.
Barslou’s 24 led the Bucs, but he was far from being the only contributor.
Darrington scored 13 and Anderson put in 12 to join Barslou as the three Bucs in double figures.
Brandyn Olsen added six coupled with his stellar brand of defense and Plocker and Lee both chipped in four along with their normal rebounding performances.