Bucs pounce on the Tigers
Despite a loss in their previous game, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers hosted Belle Plaine last Tuesday and came out on top by 16 points.
The boys basketball team started off strong in the first half and carried the momentum all the way through to the end of the game, taking the victory 87-71.
The maroon and gold took the lead from the first half of the game but their opponents trailed not too far behind. The teams ended the top half of the game with just a five point difference; the scoreboard reading 41-36 at the half.
The Bucs continued to power ahead scoring 46 more points in the bottom half of the game, allowing their opponents to score just 35 more points.
The Tigers inched as close as they could to the Bucs but it was not enough for them to tally a win, giving the victory to BEA.
Derek Johnson led the Bucs scoring 24 points. He scored 6 of 9 two-point shots, 2 of 3 three-pointers and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.
Johnson also had four assists and four rebounds; three on defense and one on offense.
Bailey Olson nailed down a total of 18 points for the maroon and gold sinking 6 of 8 free throws and 6 of 7 two-pointers. He also had three defensive rebounds and one steal.
Connor Barnett scored 15 points in the form of three two pointers and nine free throw shots. He also had three assists, two rebounds, one block and one steal.
It was two free-throw shots sunk by Barnett which solidified his team’s lead at the end of the first half.
The top scorer for the Tigers was Micheal Stier at 33 points, scoring two threes, nine two-point shots and nine free throws.
As a team the Buccaneers scored 4 of 6 three-point attempts for 67-percent accuracy. BEA?also racked up 12 assists and 13 rebounds. They only saw four turnovers throughout the entire game when the opposing team had six turnovers.
Fairmont 60, BEA?44
The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team traveled to take on their rivals, the Fairmont Cardinals, last Friday night.
From the tip off, the Cards found their footing and took off to an early lead which they held on to until time ran out in the top half of the game.
But, it was late in the first half when the Bucs found some fight and pushed ahead.
Bailey Olson sank a lay-up shot, but was given a chance at the free throw line which he missed.
In the second half, the maroon and gold came as close as 47-40, but that seven-point gap was the closest they were able to get to the Cards.
The opposing team continued to power ahead, taking a nine-point run and ended the game with a good share of free-throws which aided their win.
Olson led the team in points scored with a total of 14. He made 4 of 6 two-point shots and 6 of 11 from the free-throw line.
He also grabbed five of the Buccaneers’ nine rebounds.
Derek Johnson scored 13 points during the matchup with the Cards. He sank 5 of 11 two-pointers and 1 of 4 three pointers totalling a successful 6 of 15 from the field. He also had 2 of 4 free throw shots.
Johnson had one of two Buc assists.
Brandon Olson racked up eight points for the maroon and gold in the form of two two-point shots, one three-point and three free-throws.
The Buccaneers made 2 of 6 three-point shots, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal.
However, the opposing team sunk six three-pointers, 25 two-point shots, had 40 rebounds, 14 assists and 11 steals.