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Bucs open season with win at home

By Staff | Dec 15, 2019

Cameron Anderson gets by two defenders and soars to the basket during the first half of BEA’s game against LCWM. The Bucs defeated the Knights but lost their next game against MCW.

The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team was defeated 48-45 by the host Martin County West Mavericks in a game played Tuesday, Dec. 10.

BEA held an early lead but fell victim to poor shooting and a stout Maverick defense.

The Bucs trailed by 10 points with four minutes left to play and were able to close the gap to one point. They were unable to capitalize on three chances to take the lead and the Mavericks sealed the victory with two free throws late in the game.

BEA actually shot better from behind the arc than they did from two-point range.

The Bucs made seven of their 30 two-point attempts which calculates to 23.3 percent success. Their success shooting three-pointers was only slightly better. They connected on seven of 29 three-point attempts.

Will Howard fights off the defense of the Knights to drive to the basket.

When it came to shots from the charity stripe, the Bucs hit 10 of 17 free throws.

BEA had 25 turnovers to 21 for MCW. The Bucs recorded 13 steals and three blocks.

Leading scorer for the Bucs was Braden Gudahl with nine points. Cameron Anderson scored eight points, Austin Thielfoldt tallied seven and Caelan Sanders finished with six.

Gudahl also led the team in rebounds with seven boards, including five offensive rebounds. Anderson and Sam Keister both had six rebounds.

The loss evens the Bucs a record of 1-1.

Xavier Morrow drives to the hoop against LCWM.

The boys basketball team was scheduled to return to action on Saturday, Dec.14, against Redwood Valley in a 3 p.m. game to be played in Fairmont.

Check next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register for results on that contest and other games played next week.

BEA 75, LCWM 48

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers boys basketball team opened the season on a positive note with a 75-48 win over the visiting Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights on Friday night, Dec. 6. The Bucs were without senior guard Caelan Sanders, who was participating in the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Showcase, but still had plenty of firepower to secure the victory.

The Maroon and Gold jumped out to an early 11-0 lead. BEA center Sam Keister blocked two early shots to help turn away the Knights and keep them off the scoreboard for the first five minutes of the contest.

Meanwhile, the Bucs attacked the basket. The majority of BEA’s shot attempts for the evening (34 of 60) came from inside the paint, while they also fired off 24 3-pointers.

The Bucs made 19 of their 36 two-points shots and eight of their 24 three-points attempts.

The Bucs led at halftime 42-18 and extended their lead to over 30 points for much of the second half.

Eleven different players scored for BEA, led by Cameron Anderson with 15 points. Austin Thielfoldt and Gavin Storbeck both had nine points, Braden Gudahl tallied eight, and Will Howard, Zach Hermmann and Keister each finished with seven.

The Bucs made 13 of 17 free throw attempts, a 76.5 percent success rate.

BEA recorded 19 steals and forced 33 turnovers by the Knights. Anderson led the team with four take-aways.

The Bucs recorded 26 rebounds. Keister pulled down seven boards to lead the team. Thielfoldt and Herrmann had four rebounds each.