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Buccaneer boys trounce Huskies

Anderson reaches 1,000 point milestone for his varsity career

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jan 31, 2021

BEA’s Sam Keister, (45), has a look of determination on his face as he reaches for the ball against two JCC players. The boys remained unbeaten after downing the Huskies 92-50.

Blue Earth Area’s Cameron Anderson entered last Monday’s basketball game against Jackson County Central needing to score five points to reach 1,000 career points in his varsity career.

The senior forward drained two 3-pointers in the opening two minutes of the game to accomplish that task and the Bucs went on to beat the Huskies 92-50 in a Big South Conference contest.

“Cam is a great player, but just as important, he is an unselfish player and an excellent teammate,” BEA coach Colby Swanson said while presenting Anderson with a special basketball to commemorate the occasion.

The Bucs never trailed in the game. The Huskies kept it close early in the game and pulled to within one point of the Bucs with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Leading 11-10, the Bucs made four consecutive free throws, two by Anderson and two by Austin Thielfoldt, to take a 15-10 lead.

BEA was leading 18-14 when they put together an 11-0 run during a two and a half minute time period to boost their lead to 29-14.

Included in the scoring spree was a dunk by Anderson who then sank his third 3-pointer of the night the next time down the floor.

The Bucs extended their lead to 44-21 by the end of the first half. They outscored the Huskies 48-29 in the second half for the 42-point margin of victory. The last few minutes of the contest were played with running time once the BEA lead reached 35 points.

The Bucs shot 39 percent as a team from 2-point range. They actually shot better from 3-point range, hitting their long-range targets at nearly a 42 percent clip. They converted 22 of their 31 free throw attempts for a 71 percent success rate.

Meanwhile, the Huskies made only 34 percent of their 2-point attempts and 27 percent of their 3-pointers. JCC made 11 trips to the foul line and made five of their shots.

The rebounding statistics were close with the Bucs holding a 46-45 edge.

BEA held a 16-6 advantage in steals and blocked nine JCC shots while the Huskies only blocked one of the Bucs’ shots. The Maroon and Gold committed only 10 turnovers while forcing 29 JCC miscues.

Four BEA players scored in double figures led by Thielfoldt with 20 points. Ashton Lloyd tallied 15, Braden Gudahl made 3 of 4 shots from behind the arc and was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line for a total of 14 points and Anderson finished with 13 points. Will Howard just missed double figures with nine points and Sam Keister scored seven.

Keister was the leading rebounder with 13. Lloyd pulled down 10.

The win improved BEA’s record to 4-0.

Next, the Bucs played host to the Fairmont Cardinals on Friday, Jan. 29, in a Big South Conference contest. They will take on the Maple River Eagles on Tues. Feb. 2, in Blue Earth in a non-conference game.

Look for stories on those contests in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

BEA 83, New Ulm 48

Six different Blue Earth Area boys basketball players scored in double figures on their way to an 83-48 victory over the host New Ulm Eagles on Friday, Jan. 22.

Braden Gudahl scored the first three of his team-leading 18 points on the Bucs’ second possession to tie the game at 3-3. Cameron Anderson added a basket from behind the arc and then stole the ball for a breakaway dunk to put the Bucs up 8-3.

Austin Thielfoldt found Sam Keister for an easy basket the next time down the floor. The 6-foot-5 center was fouled and made the free throw to complete the traditional 3-point play and give BEA an 11-3 lead.

Following a basket by the Eagles, Thielfoldt connected with Keister again for another score. Anderson added another 3-pointer and the Bucs were up by a score of 16-5.

BEA would maintain their lead throughout the opening half and head into the locker room at half time with a 40-32 lead.

The Bucs scored 43 points in the second half while their defense held the Eagles to only 16 points to give the Maroon and Gold their 83-48 triumph.

BEA shot 55.8 percent from 2-point range and 50 percent from 3-point range, going 8 for 16. The Bucs made 11 of 15 free-throw attempts.

Meanwhile, New Ulm shot 34 percent from 2-point range and 23 percent from outside of the arc.

The Bucs dominated the rebounding statistics with a total of 48 to the Eagles’ 27.

In addition to Gudahl’s 18 points, Keister tallied 13, Anderson had 12, Ashton Lloyd and Gavin Storbeck each had 11, Thielfoldt finished with 10, Will Howard added six and Gabe Torres got on the board with two.

Lloyd led the team in rebounds with 11 while Keister pulled down seven.

Thielfoldt led the team with eight assists. He was also the team-leader in steals with three.

Anderson had three blocked shots while Lloyd had two.

The win improves BEA’s overall record to 3-0 and 2-0 in the Big South Conference. New Ulm dropped to 1-1 following the loss.