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Cardinals steal victory from Bucs

By Staff | Feb 16, 2020

In action from BEA’s recent game against New Ulm, Sam Keister goes high to control the tip at the beginning of an overtime period in the Bucs’ win over the Eagles

The Blue Earth Area boys basketball team traveled to Fairmont on Friday, Feb. 7, looking to even up the season series against their Big South Conference opponent.

And with one minute left in the game the Bucs had the Cards right where they wanted them until they didn’t.

With the game tied at 60, BEA controlled the ball and was winding down the clock for a last-second shot. But a defensive gem by Fairmont resulted in the Cardinal’s Zach Jorgensen taking the ball in for a layup to break the tie with eight seconds remaining in the game and cement a 62-60 win for the home team.

Fairmont held a 39-33 lead as the second half began only to see BEA go on top 45-44 with 14 minutes showing on the clock.

The lead changed hands six times during the second half but it was the Cards who had the advantage when the game-ending buzzer sounded.

Austin Thielfoldt, right, soars to the basket to score after taking advantage of a New Ulm turnover. The Bucs returned to Big South Conference action on Friday, Feb. 14, with a game against the Waseca Bluejays, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AA.

Grant Strukel had a hot shooting hand for the Bucs. The senior forward made four of his five shots from 2-point range and both of his shots from behind the arc. He also made his only free-throw attempt to score a total of 15 points. Cameron Anderson added 12 points.

Sam Keister led the Bucs in rebounds with seven while Zach Herrmann pulled down six boards for the evening.

Fairmont made 55 percent of their shots from 2-point range to only 37 percent for BEA. However, the Bucs made eight of their 15 attempts from behind the arc for a 53 percent success rate. The Cards attempted 23 3-pointers but made only three, a 13 percent success rate.

BEA made four of five free throws while Fairmont was nine of 11 from the charity stripe.

Fairmont controlled the boards, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds and 28 defensive rebounds for a total of 44. BEA had a total of 27 rebounds with five offensive and 22 defensive.

The Bucs committed nine turnovers while forcing 12 Cardinal turnovers.

The loss gives the Maroon and Gold an overall record of 9-8 while their Big South Conference record is 3-5.

BEA was scheduled to host the Waseca Bluejays on Friday, Feb. 14. Look for the results of that contest in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.