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BEA finishes season on high note

By Staff | Feb 23, 2014

Luke Monson returned to the Buccaneers lineup with a splash after missing the last three games due to injury.

He poured in a game-high 34 points and added 22 rebounds to power Blue Earth Area past Luverne last Tuesday, 70-63 in Blue Earth.

“It’s always nice to have your starting lineup back in place and people back to where they were during our successful runs this year,” coach Seth Anderson says.

Despite shooting 1 of 9 from behind the arc, BEA (10-14, 5-8 SCC) won their season finale.

Monson scored the first four points of the game and 18 of the first 30.

The maroon and gold used a 16-2 run to open up a comfortable 34-19 lead.

BEA took a 39-26 edge into the half.

Monson started the second half the same way he did the first he scored nine of the Bucs’ first 11 points.

However, Luverne stormed back with a 17-6 run of their own and made the Buccaneers lead disappear.

Luverne guard Nick Overgaard nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 54-54.

Derek Johnson’s three and Kellen Jacob’s basket inside helped distance the Bucs for good, giving BEA a 64-59 advantage.

Jacobs contributed a season-high 18 points for the Buccaneers on the night.

For Luverne, Josh Slieter led a balanced attack with 19 points. Overgaard had 18 points and Nolan Sawtelle also added 15 points.

“We did a nice job playing inside out and keeping our composure when Luverne made a couple runs at us,” Anderson says. “I felt that we created good shots all night long.”

JCC 71, BEA 61

An improbable comeback fell short for the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team last Monday night versus Jackson County Central.

Down 65-46 with four minutes remaining, the maroon and gold made their next six field goals in a row, including three pointers from Derek Johnson, Conor Barnett and Calvin Sanders.

Kellen Jacobs stepped in front of a Husky player to take a charge, giving the ball back to BEA only down 67-61 with 1:15 remaining in the game.

However, the Buccaneers turned the ball over twice in the final minute. The Huskies pressure half-court trap defense helped create steals all game long, including one on the biggest play of the game.

JCC walked out of the BEA gym with a 71-61 victory, despite a late 15-2 push by the Bucs.

The loss was the Buccaneers third in a row senior forward Luke Monson suited up, but did not play for the third consecutive game.

“We got some tips and steals and finally made a few shots at the end which led to a nice run,” coach Seth Anderson says. “It came a bit too late though.”

The maroon and gold jumped out to an early 8-3 advantage as JCC was struggling to find the bottom of the net, missing their first four field goals.

After Huskies center John Harmening grabbed one of his game-high 13 rebounds, he scored and was fouled in the process early in the first half. The bucket put JCC ahead 17-15, a lead they would not give up.

Just like the Buccaneers ended the second half strong, the Huskies finished the first half with a 17-4 run to take a 36-22 lead into the half.

Johnson led the Buccaneers with 16 points he was 5 of 13 from long distance.

Bailey Olson, Barnett and Jacobs also finished with double-figures for the home team.

Jacobs had 12 (10 coming in the second half), Barnett 11 and Bailey Olson finished with 10 points.

For the Huskies, Harmening produced 27 points on 8 of 10 shooting. Zach Schwarting also contributed 13 points for the visitors.

Both teams shot well from the floor. BEA made 10 of 23 three-pointers and shot 40 percent, while JCC was a productive 23 of 44 from the field.

The Huskies size was a problem for the Buccaneers all night. With three starters over 6-foot-3, JCC took advantage of their big men by scoring 32 points in the paint.

Another key factor in the game was the efficiency of getting to the foul-line. JCC was 18 of 21, while BEA was only 5 of 8.

“We need to start getting everybody back together again. It has been nice to see other people get extended minutes and step up in areas,” Anderson adds.

The Buccaneers played Lake-Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in Lake Crystal for their opening game in the Section 3AA tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22. The winner of the game will play either Fairmont or Luverne on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Both games were played after the Faribault County Register deadline. Game results will be included in the next Register.