Bucs win, 6 in double figures
When veteran scorekeeper Frankie Bly tallied up the final point totals for the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team last Friday, he noticed something unusual.
Every player who scored for the Buccaneers (six total) finished in double figures.
Sam Lee scored 17, Steven Plocker, Brandyn Olsen and Dallas Barslou each had 12, Isaac Darrington recorded 11 and Brady Anderson put in some last minute free throws to finish with 10.
The balanced scoring resulted in a 74-60 dismantling of South Central Conference foe St. James.
Head coach Gary Holmseth was pleased with the whole team’s strong output on offense, but points to his team’s defense as the key to the victory.
In St. James’ previous game against Jackson County Central, they poured in 13 shots from beyond the arc.
Friday night against the Bucs, the Saints connected on only three 3-pointers.
“Our perimeter players did a great job of taking away the three-point shot,” Holmseth says. “That’s where they have been their best.”
From the opening tip, BEA exposed a mismatch inside by continually going to 6-foot-3 forward Plocker and 6-foot-5 center Lee.
“Sam was huge, making his first six shots,” Holmseth says. “Steven and Sam in the first half were a combined 10 for 11.”
With the two inside forces putting on a clinic down low, BEA raced out to a 37-27 halftime advantage.
Plocker used his patented hook shot for a majority of his buckets and Lee used fancy footwork on the block to create space between his defender.
The two big men also capitalized off crashing the boards.
“We had 14 offensive rebounds,” Holmseth says. “A majority of those resulted in baskets.”
In the second half, the two post players deferred to their teammates in the backcourt.
Brandyn Olsen created offense in transition for the Bucs with four baskets during the final 18 minutes.
“Brandyn didn’t settle for mid-range jumpers,” Holmseth says. “He took it deeper in the paint and that’s a strength of his game.”
Teammate Brady Anderson also was aggressive, taking the ball to the basket and drawing contact.
In the second half, he got to the line eight times and made all of his attempts.
Barslou and Darrington also came through for big baskets and free throws when St. James attempted to close the gap.
For the majority of the second half, the lead hovered around 10 points.
With the help of the balanced scoring, the lead held and BEA notched their third conference win of the season.
The victory boosts the Bucs to 6-13 overall and 3-5 in the SCC.
BEA played New Ulm Feb. 17 after the Register’s deadline. In the two teams’ first match-up Jan. 12 in Blue Earth, BEA won 56-48.
This week, the Bucs will turn their attention to a home game against rival Fairmont.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after the conclusion of the girl’s game.
The Cardinals come into the game with a 16-4 overall record.