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Bucs struggle against Fairmont

By Staff | Jan 28, 2018

Buccaneer freshman guard Austin Thielfoldt gets into the teeth of the Fairmont defense. Unfortunately, their efforts were not enough as the Bucs fell to the Cardinals on the road, 58-40.

After a closely contested first half, the Blue Earth Area boys basketball team (5-8) could not find their rhythm in the second half of their contest on Jan. 19. The Fairmont Cardinals (11-4) outscored the Bucs 32-18 in the period en route to a 58-40 win over the Bucs.

BEA enjoyed a measure of success in the first half, going on an 11-1 run at one point against the gritty and determined Cardinals. However, the Bucs still trailed 26-20 at the half.

After intermission, it was mostly an uphill battle for the Bucs. With 5:47 to go in the game, BEA freshman Austin Thielfoldt converted on a three-point play. The bucket made the score 45-37 in favor of Fairmont. However, the Cardinals finished the game strong with a 13-3 run to end any hope of a Buccaneer comeback.

Coming into the game against Fairmont, the Bucs outlasted four of their previous five opponents with superior late game execution. However, Bucs head coach Colby Swanson admits his team fell short in this department against the Cardinals.

“We came out after halftime and didn’t execute some things,” said Swanson.

As a team, Blue Earth Area shot just 23.1 percent from the field. This was far behind the 41 percent pace set by Fairmont on the evening. Carter Bell and Caelan Sanders led the Buccaneers in scoring with eight points apiece.

Due to the recent snowstorm, Blue Earth Area’s road contest against Martin County West on Jan. 23 was postponed until Saturday, Jan. 27. Results from this game, along with BEA’s Jan. 26 showdown with Waseca, will be available in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.