Saints march to victory over Bucs
The Blue Earth Area boys returned to their home court on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to host the St. Peter Saints.
After a close battle in the first half the Saints pulled away and went home with a 67-49 win.
The Saints controlled the opening tip and got on the board first to take a 2-0 lead.
Austin Thielfoldt’s pass to Cameron Anderson breaking to the basket resulted in two points and a tie game.
Anderson returned the favor when he grabbed a defensive rebound and threw an outlet pass to Thielfoldt who went in for the layup.
The Bucs stopped the Saints again and Braden Gudahl got in the act. The junior guard drove through the Saints’ defense for an easy bucket and a 6-2 BEA lead.
St. Peter hung tough and earned an 8-8 tie and then took the lead behind center Wyatt Olson’s work around the basket.
The Saints went up 14-8 when Frank grabbed a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for the layup.
Grant Strukel’s two-pointer later in the half brought the Bucs within one point of the Saints at 25-24, but eight consecutive points by St. Peter gave the visitors a 33-24 lead.
Sam Keister’s 15-footer from the baseline broke the Saints run and made it a 33-27 game with the Saints on top.
The first half would end with St. Peter leading 39-32.
St. Peter opened the second half by hitting two three-pointers sandwiched around a two-point field goal to take a 47-32 lead.
Anderson’s shot from outside the arc made it 47-35 in favor of the Saints.
Minutes later Anderson would bring the home crowd to its feet when he streaked towards the basket and caught an alley-oop pass from Thielfoldt, who had just come across the half-court line.
Anderson snared the ball in the air and threw it down for a dunk, but the Bucs still trailed 52-38.
BEA was unable to rally against St. Peter and the Saints claimed the victory to improve their record to 6-1. After winning their first game, the Bucs have dropped their next three and have a 1-3 record.
The Bucs shot 38 percent from the field while the Saints shot the ball at a 46 percent clip.
The home team made five three-point field goals to the Saints’ nine.
BEA had 21 turnovers while forcing 18 St. Peter miscues.
The Saints won the battle
on the boards by a 36-30 margin.
Anderson led the Bucs with 13 points while grabbing five rebounds and recording four steals.
Gudahl and Keister both tallied nine points. Keister also added five rebounds.
The Bucs traveled to New Ulm to take on the Eagles on Friday, Dec. 20. Check next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register for the results of that game.
Redwood Valley 66,
The Bucs squared off against the Cardinals of Redwood Valley as part of the Big South Conference Showcase held in Fairmont on Saturday, Dec 14.
It was a close contest with the Cardinals claiming the nine-point victory, 66-57.
The Bucs also lost Caelan Sanders for an indefinite amount of time due to an injury he suffered near the end of the first half.
BEA began the second half by outscoring Redwood Valley 13-6 to take a 39-38 lead.
The Bucs were unable to maintain the lead however and the Cardinals regained the advantage and then held on for the victory.
The Bucs shot 34 percent from the field to 44 percent for the Cardinals.
BEA made 14 of 18 free throw attempts. Redwood Valley connected on 14 of 22 shots from the charity stripe.
Cameron Anderson finished with 19 points. Sam Keister added nine points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Braden Gudahl tallied seven points. Austin Thielfoldt recorded four steals and six points.
It is the only scheduled meeting between the two teams this year. The Cardinals compete in the West Division of the Big South Conference. The Bucs are in the East Division.