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Bucs fall to undefeated Bluejays

By Staff | Dec 30, 2018

Parker Kienitz takes aim at the basket while battling the Waseca Bluejays. The Buccaneers kept the game close for awhile, but ultimately the undefeated Bluejays took control of the game and kept their record unblemished.

The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team suffered their second loss of the season on Friday, Dec. 21. It came while hosting the Class AAA No. 5-ranked Waseca Bluejays, who downed the Bucs by a score of 98-60.

Six different Bluejays combined to make 16 shots from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Bucs were able to connect on nine 3-pointers.

BEA kept the game close through the opening minutes of the contest. Caelan Sanders opened the game with a drive to the bucket for a 2-0 lead. Waseca tied it up on their next possession but then Cameron Anderson converted a traditional 3-point play to put the Bucs up 5-2.

Waseca countered with a 3-pointer and then took their first lead with a steal and layup.

Anderson scored on a nice reverse layup for the Bucs to tie the game at 7-7. But then the Bluejays started to pull away.

Waseca pulled out to a 24-14 lead but consecutive 3-pointers by Austin Thielfoldt and Sanders cut the Jays’ lead to four points at 24-20.

Any dream the Bucs might have had of pulling off a major upset ended when the Blue Jays closed out the first half on a 34-8 run to take a 58-28 halftime lead.

The long range bombs were just one of the difficulties the Bucs had to deal with. Another problem was a lack of height compared to their opponent.

The tallest member of the Maroon and Gold’s starting lineup, Anderson, is listed at 6-foot-2. Waseca, on the other hand, had four starters listed at 6-foot-2 or taller with their center being 6 foot 8.

With Waseca having the game well in hand, both teams pulled their starters midway through the second half.

Sanders was the leading scorer for BEA with 20 points. Anderson also hit double figures with 10. Carter Bell and Austin Thielfoldt contributed seven and six points respectively.

BEA made three free throws in five attempts.

The Buccaneers’ record falls to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big South Conference.

BEA hosted their holiday tournament on Dec. 28-29. Results of those contests will appear in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.