BEA’s 5 game win streak snapped
With the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team’s season-high five game winning streak being broken two nights earlier, the Bucs couldn’t regain any of their momentum.
BEA (9-13) was yet again without big man Luke Monson for the second consecutive game.
BEA fell to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 63-58.
Bailey Olson stepped up in the scoring department registering a season-high 20 points and added 10 rebounds.
Unlike their past few games, the maroon and gold found themselves in unfamiliar territory last Thursday night BEA had an early lead.
Derek Johnson and Brandon Olson’s quick three-pointers gave the Buccaneers a quick 8-2 advantage right out of the gates.
Olson was aggressive and created his own shot, scoring eight consecutive points in the first half to give BEA a 26-20 edge going into halftime.
W-E-M used a 7-0 run to put themselves back in the game early on in the second half, taking a 29-28 lead.
W-E-M guard Cole Pope nailed a three to give the home team a five point lead, 33-28. Pope had a game-high 24 points, going 5 of 10 from long distance.
A pair of Landon Harmon free throw’s gave W-E-M their biggest lead of the night and capped a 14-2 run to open the second half.
Johnson hit a three to bring the Bucs within three of the lead, 47-44. However, Pope answered with a three of his own.
That was as close as the maroon and gold would get to the lead again.
Connor Barnett hit a couple late three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough as BEA lost their second game in a row without Monson.
W-E-M forward Zac Olson contributed 18 points and eight rebounds.
BEA shot at an impressive 60 percent clip throughout the game, going 21 of 35 and 7 of 11 from behind the arc.
Barnett added 14 points in the losing effort.
Waseca 83, BEA 49
Blue Earth Area couldn’t win their sixth game in a row last Tuesday versus a very strong Waseca team in Blue Earth.
The Bluejays took advantage of a Luke Monson-less Buccaneers team to share at least a tie for the South Central Conference Championship with an 83-49 defeat over the Bucs.
Kellen Jacobs filled in for Monson, who has a knee injury.
“We are trying to handle his injury appropriately, doing that is the most beneficial to him and our team,” coach Seth Anderson says. “Keeping people healthy for the last playoff push is the most important thing right now.”
Jacobs finished with a season-high 14 points in the elevated role.
BEA fell behind right out of the gate as the Bluejays connected on six of their first seven shots, opening up a 15-3 lead.
Sophomore guard Nick Dufault hit three field goals behind the arc in the first half for the Bluejays. For the game, Dufault led the way by converting on five of six three-pointers and contributed a game-high 25 points.
Buccaneer guard Derek Johnson kept the maroon and gold within striking distance early by scoring eight quick points. Johnson finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
BEA took a season high 21-point deficit into halftime.
The second half was not much different from the first.
The Bluejays outscored the maroon and gold 37-24.
Senior center Devin Williamson scored 14 points for Waseca and point guard Shane Streich had nine points.
Thirteen of the 15 Waseca players who suited up scored for the Bluejays.
Waseca will have a chance to wrap up the SCC Championship with a win versus St. James next week.
“Waseca is the real deal in Class AA. They are solid at every position, well coached, and play as a team,” Anderson says. “I thought we played really hard last night and got better as the night went on. It was good for us to see a team like that and practice going against that speed and strength.”
BEA 68, Medford 51
“Mindset” was one way Buccaneer boys basketball coach Seth Anderson described it.
“Preparation” was another.
But, the coach wasn’t quite as concerned with his team’s slow starts as he was with the bottom line:
BEA 68, Medford 51.
“As a coach, you always over analyze everything. I think it is a mindset that we need to change as we begin the game. We haven’t been sharp out of the gates the last few games,” Anderson explains. “But, we have found ways to win.”
The maroon and gold fell behind early to Medford, 17-7.
Derek Johnson hit a three-pointer to stop the scoring drought for the Bucs.
BEA took their first lead of the game by scoring 12 unanswered points, going into halftime up 37-34.
Johnson hit another three to open up the second half. He had a season-high 16 points.
Senior Luke Monson took control of the game by scoring 13 of the Bucs’ next 16 points.
The Bucs went on a 16-3 run to expand their lead to 62-41.
Medford’s Chris Janousek hit a three to cut the Bucs’ lead to 15, but the home team would not get any closer.
The Buccaneers out scored Medford 31-17 in the second half on their way to their fifth victory in a row.
Monson led BEA with 27 points and seven rebounds. Quinn Huisman also contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
“I think winning close games comes down to who makes plays at the end of games. We are starting to understand how to get that done,” Anderson adds.
BEA 55, St. Peter 50
Blue Earth Area guards Derek Johnson and Connor Barnett struggled from the floor early, but made their shots count in the closing minutes of the Buccaneers’ 55-50 victory over St. Peter, on Feb. 7 in St. Peter.
BEA was down five with 2:30 remaining in the game when Barnett was
fouled shooting a three-pointer; he then made all three of his free throws narrowing the Saints’ lead. The Bucs got a defensive stop and Barnett hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the maroon and gold a slight one point lead with 1:30 left.
After another stop, Johnson drilled a three from the corner to give BEA a four point lead, which they would hold onto for their fourth consecutive victory.
“The guys stepped up and got stops and made clutch shots down the stretch,” coach Seth Anderson says. “We are aware we are on a four game win streak, but I think we are starting to expect to win and compete in each game we play.”
Luke Monson scored a game high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. Monson got the team off to a quick start by scoring 11 of the Bucs’ first 12 points.
Johnson registered 15 points. He also contributed three assists and four steals for the Buccaneers.
Leading the Saints was Nick Rosberg, who scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
BEA shot 3 of 15 from behind the arc and 16 of 42 overall, good for 38 percent. Whereas the Saints converted on 46 percent of their field goal attempts, but turned the ball over 17 times.
Four different Buccaneer players had two steals or more.
“It was kind of a slug it out, physical game. I thought we did a good job getting to the free throw line to score points when we were struggling from the field,” Anderson says.