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Buc boys struggle in both games

By Staff | Jan 18, 2015

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers were left to pick up the pieces after a tough week in boys basketball; they suffered two more losses against local rivals, the United South Central Rebels and the St. James Saints.

The Rebels, number one in their conference, added another win to their 11-1 non-conference total last Monday night in Wells, when they defeated the Bucs 73-48.

BEA’s Derek Johnson made the first big move of the game with back-to-back 3-pointers for the Bucs.

However, the six point lead did not last long USC’s Riley Kloos put the Rebels on the scoreboard with two 2-pointers and a free throw.

The Bucs briefly regained their lead, but the Rebels held them back with stong zone defense.

That said, both the Bucs and the Rebels struggled to make a basket before and after the halftime buzzer sounded.

Near the end of the first, the Bucs missed three 2-point shots and two 3-pointers. The Rebels also missed three 2-pointers, but USC’s Luke Trio drained a 2- and 3-point shot that contributed to the Rebel’s seven-point-lead by the end of the first half.

Both teams returned to the court fired up for a win; the Bucs amped up their defense while the Rebels polished their aim and accuracy.

But, as the Bucs worked to defend their basket, the Rebels ran up the scoreboard when Brennan Magnuson sank three 2-pointers for the home team.

However, the Bucs did not give up; BEA’s Tyler Hannaman secured six points for his team at the top of the second half while nearby, Johnson collected rebounds, assists and free throws.

But, BEA could not hang on the Rebels shot past the Bucs, leaving them behind with a score in the 40s.

Trio and Kloos contributed a collective seven points in the last few minutes of the game, while Ryan Pederson collected a pair of free throws.

Chandler Kienitz added a 2- and 3-pointer to the Bucs’ final score; however, despite a few baskets and strong defense in the second half, the Bucs were unable to climb out of the 40-point range, ending the game at 73-48.

Johnson led the Bucs with 15 points. He scored 2 of 3 2-pointers and 3 of 8 3-pointers and pulled in three rebounds and two assists.

In a close second, Bailey Olson made 6 of 9 2-pointers and 1 of 3 free-throws to contribute 13 points to the Bucs’ score.

Nate Pederson led the Rebels in their victory over BEA. Hitting 7 of 8 2-pointers, 7 of 8 3-pointers and four rebounds, Pederson added 14 points to the pot.

Luke Trio was not far behind his teammate he also grabbed four rebounds in addition to the 13 points he racked up.

St. James 56, BEA 44

Blue Earth Area hosted the St. James Saints last Friday at the Blue Earth Area High School.

In a game that started out rough for the Bucs, the home team lost another conference game, 56-44.

St. James point guard Noah Pinke made the first 3-point basket for the Saints and not long after the first, he sank another 3-pointer.

For the remainder of the first half, Bailey Olson played quick defense as he stole the ball from St. James’ Brady Stevens.

In addition, Olson blocked Stevens from securing a 2-pointer for the Saints and Olson was also able to recover eight rebounds for the Bucs.

Olson’s defensive work was accompanied by Derek Johnson’s back-to-back 3-pointers and two assists by Conor Barnett.

Together, the Bucs managed to pull ahead of the Saints by two points, but that would be the last time they were in the lead.

The Saints’ Jordan Sandmeyer made three consecutive 2-pointers to finish off the first half, leaving the score at 24-18 by halftime.

As the players came back onto the court, the Bucs seemed to come back with a vengeance.

Barnett shot a 3-pointer off the glass and Tyler Hannaman added two points for sinking a pair of free throws.

The Saints struggled to hold the Bucs back, but only briefly until St. James’ Pinke surprised the crowd with back-to-back 3-pointers and a 2-pointer to seal the deal.

The Bucs continued to score throughout the game, but their meager 1- and 2- pointers could not compare to the 3-point shots taken by the Saints.

As the game progressed, so did St.?James’ score. What did not progress, however, was the Bucs’ defense.

By the end of the game, the Bucs had 13 fouls and 10 turnovers, while the Saints had obtained 15 fouls and seven turnovers.

However, the Bucs did take in three extra points by the end of the game when BEA’s Logan Jahnke shot three free throws before the final buzzer sounded.

Barnett led the Bucs through this game with 14 points, three assists and two rebounds.

Olson contributed 11 points to the Bucs’ final score and he also recovered eight of the Bucs’ 23 total rebounds.

As for the Saints, Pinke rounded up 27 points, scoring 4 of 5 2-pointers, 5 of 8 3-pointers and all four of his attempted free throws.

The remaining 29 points for the Saints were scored by only three other players Jordan Sandmeyer, 16; Brady Stevens, 10; and John Foss, 3.

The Buc boys will host the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers?Tuesday at 7:30 in the Blue?Earth Area High School gym.

They also played against the New Ulm Eagles last Friday in New Ulm. However, the game took place after the Faribault County Register’s deadline, so look for full coverage in next week’s issue.