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BEA falls to Pipestone, downs Fairmont

By Staff | Dec 16, 2018

Austin Thielfoldt goes up for a shot and a basket during the Bucs’ win at Fairmont last Thursday night.

Blue Earth Area used their speed, quickness and athleticism to overcome the taller Fairmont Cardinals and take home a 71-56 victory last Thursday evening.

“We knew that Wyatt Frank would be tough for us to handle inside,” BEA head coach Colby Swanson said referring to the 6’7 Cardinal center who finished with 16 points. “We tried to make it tough for him and make him work for everything he got.”

The Bucs held on to a slim 32-30 lead with less than one minute remaining in the first half. Free throws by Grant Strukel and Gavin Storbeck and Zach Hermann’s long range three allowed the Bucs to head to intermission with a 38-30 lead.

Fairmont closed to within three points at 51-48 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Bucs took control at that point and closed out the game by outscoring the Cardinals 25-8

Austin Thielfoldt led the Bucs in scoring with 26 points. Three other Bucs reached the double digit mark in scoring. Cameron Anderson and Carter Bell tallied 13 points each while Caelan Sanders added 11.

Bell led the team with five boards. Anderson added four rebounds and five assists.

The victory improves the Bucs’ record to 2-0 in the Big South Conference and 4-1 overall.

BEA hosts LeSueur-Henderson Tuesday, Dec.18. Results of that contest will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

Pipestone 72, BEA 47

Blue Earth Area traveled to Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 8 to face the Pipestone Arrows in boys basketball as part of the Big South Showcase.

Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, Pipestone was the victorious team by a final score of 72-47.

The loss was the first of the season for the Bucs who had won their first three games.

Pipestone outscored BEA by 13 points in the first half to take a 35-22 lead.

The Bucs did not fare much better in the final half as Pipestone scored 37 points to the Bucs’ 25 points.

Austin Thielfoldt and Grant Strukel were the leading scorers for the Bucs with 14 points each. Thielfoldt added eight rebounds and four assists for the maroon and gold.

Cameron Anderson and Carter Bell added five points apiece for the Bucs whose record fell to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in the Big South Conference.