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No. 5-ranked WEM defeats BEA

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

Will Howard lays one in against USC. Howard also made two 3-pointers to help the Bucs down the Rebels.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers boys basketball team traveled to Waterville on Tuesday, Jan. 21, for a non-conference game against the Class A No. 5-ranked Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (WEM) Buccaneers.

WEM won the game 76-53 behind the 32-point performance of Grant McBroom.

BEA trailed early in the game and found themselves facing a 38-20 deficit at the half.

The Maroon and Gold was unable to mount a rally and was outscored in the second half 38-33.

Two key areas where BEA found themselves at a disadvantage were in 3-point shooting, where they were outscored 24-6, and in turnovers. BEA committed 20 turnovers to only 13 for WEM.

Cameron Anderson goes high to dunk the basketball for two of his 23 points against the St. James Saints on Jan. 17. BEA won the game 81-66.

Rebounds were close with WEM holding a 28-27 edge. WEM also had a slight advantage in free throws, making eight of their 11 attempts while BEA was successful on seven of their 11 tries from the charity stripe.

Zack Herrmann finished with 15 points to lead BEA in scoring. Cameron Anderson chipped in 12 points while Braden Gudahl added nine and Grant Strukel had six.

Herrmann and Anderson each had six rebounds.

The loss drops BEA’s record to 6-5 while WEM improved to 14-1.

BEA 60, USC 50

The Blue Earth Area Bucs played host to the United South Central Rebels in a cross-county contest in boys basketball on Monday, Jan. 20.

The Rebels got off to a fast start to take an early lead. But the Bucs clawed their way back into the game towards the latter stages of the first half and pulled away in the second stanza to claim a 60-50 non-conference victory.

USC had taken a 26-18 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the first half before the Bucs began their rally.

Grant Strukel’s shot from behind the arc and two free throws by Braden Gudahl cut USC’s lead to 26-23. A steal and layup by Cameron Anderson brought BEA to within one point before AJ Kloos put two points on the board for the Rebels.

Anderson’s basket from the baseline just beat the buzzer and sent the teams into their locker rooms with USC on top 28-27.

The Bucs picked up where they left off in the first half and scored the first 11 points of the closing stanza to take a 38-28 lead.

Austin Thielfoldt opened the half with short jumper. Anderson scored two more for the Bucs off an offensive rebound.

Strukel kept the scoring streak going with a basket inside the paint.

The next basket brought the BEA fans to their feet as Thielfoldt picked off a Rebel pass and lobbed the ball to a streaking Anderson who caught it in the air and threw down a two-handed dunk to put the Bucs on top 35-28.

The junior forward capped off the run with a 3-pointer to give BEA a 38-28 lead.

USC cut the lead in half with five consecutive points. However, Will Howard took over for the Bucs by scoring eight consecutive points for a 46-33 BEA advantage.

The reserve guard stole the ball and scored a layup and then drained two straight three-pointers to stretch the Bucs’ lead to 46-33.

BEA maintained at least a 10-point lead through the rest of the game to earn their sixth win of the season.

Anderson and Herrmann were the leading scorers for the Bucs with 17 and 11 points, respectively. Thielfoldt, Howard and Sam Keister had eight points apiece.

Anderson and Herrmann also led the team in rebounding with six boards each.

BEA had 16 steals for the night. Thielfoldt recorded four steals and Herrmann had three.

The Bucs were scheduled to travel to St. Peter on Friday, Jan. 24, for a Big South Conference game against the Saints. Check next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register for the results of that contest.

BEA 81, St. James 66

The St. James Saints made seven 3-pointers in the first half of their game against the host Blue Earth Area Bucs on Thursday, Jan. 17. Their sharp shooting enabled them to keep the score close in the first half. The second half was a different story however. The Saints connected on just two shots from behind the arc and the Bucs pulled away for an 81-66 win.

It was a fast-paced opening half with only eight fouls called. The lead went back and forth in the early going. The score was tied at 10-10 when BEA ran off six straight points to go up 16-10.

Austin Thielfoldt’s 3-pointer increased the Bucs’ lead to 26-16 before the Saints started scorching the nets with long-range bombs. The visitors hit five 3-pointers and one 2-pointer to cut the Maroon and Gold’s lead to one point at 34-33.

Thielfoldt found Cameron Anderson on a back-door pass for an easy layup to give the Bucs a three-point margin at 36-33. Then, with just 8.6 seconds showing on the first-half clock. Zach Herrmann stole an inbounds pass at half-court and took it in for a layup and a 38-33 BEA lead at the half.

The Bucs built their lead to 46-37 early in the second stanza. But the Saints got hot, drained two more shots from behind the arc and added four more points off drives to the basket to make the score 48-47 in favor of BEA.

Braden Gudahl drained two free throws to put the Bucs up 50-47. The junior guard then knocked the ball loose from the Saints guard near mid-court and hustled to keep it from going out-of-bounds as he tossed the ball behind his back to Anderson, who caught the ball on the run and took it to the hoop for a dunk and a 52-47 lead for the home team.

The Saints kept within reach of the Bucs and were only eight points behind at 65-57 when Thielfoldt swished the nets for three points. He then found Anderson as he cut to the net for an easy layup to increase BEA’s lead to 70-57 with just under five minutes remaining in the game.

St. James cut their deficit to less than 10 points just one more time before the Bucs pulled away for the 15 point victory.

Both teams shot well from the field with BEA holding a 51 to 46 percent edge. The Bucs held a 31-29 edge in rebounds and committed only eight turnovers while forcing 17 Saints’ miscues.

The Bucs had four players reach double-figures in scoring, led by Anderson with 23 and Thielfoldt with 19. Herrmann and Grant Strukel each finished with 10 points, Gudahl added seven and Sam Keister had six.

Anderson also led the team with eight rebounds and Herrmann had six.

Gudahl finished the game with six assists followed by Anderson and Thielfoldt with five each.

BEA had a good night at the free-throw line where they made 14 of their 16 shots from the charity stripe.

With the victory, the Bucs’ record improves to 5-4 overall, 2-2 in the conference.