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BEA falls to St. Peter in overtime

Team overcomes 12-point deficit to send game into extra period

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 28, 2021

Gavin Storbeck goes up over a defender in BEA’s first game against St. Peter played earlier this year. The Bucs suffered an overtime loss to the Saints on Feb. 19.

Braden Gudahl’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped off a Blue Earth Area Buccaneer rally that erased a 12-point St. Peter Saints lead and forced the Big South Conference basketball game into overtime.

However, the Saints prevailed in the extra period to triumph over the Bucs 75-73 in a game played in St. Peter on Friday, Feb. 19.

The teams battled to a 33-33 half-time tie after BEA’s Cameron Anderson left the game early due to an ankle injury. The Bucs were leading 10-9 when Anderson went up for a rebound and came down on an opponent’s ankle.

“We had a number of guys who stepped up and did a good job while Cam was out,” BEA head coach Colby Swanson said.

Anderson did return to the game but the Saints inched their way to a 12-point lead midway through the second half.

St. Peter still held a 10-point lead with six minutes remaining in the game.

Trailing 61-51, Anderson drained a long 2-pointer to cut the Saints’ lead to eight points.

St. Peter made one free throw before a drive by Anderson led to another bucket to make the score 62-55 in the Saints’ favor.

A steal by Austin Thielfoldt led to a fast break with Anderson laying the ball in the hoop to cut St. Peter’s lead to 62-57 with just under four minutes showing on the clock.

A free throw by Sam Keister cut BEA’s deficit to four points. St. Peter added another free throw to lead 63-58 with two minutes to go in the game.

Thielfoldt assisted another Anderson basket and the score was now 63-60 with the Saints on top. St. Peter scored on their next possession to lead 65-60 with one minute left in the game.

Gudahl scored on a drive to the hoop and was fouled. He missed his free throw attempt but was fouled as the teams scrambled for the rebound.

This time the senior guard sank both free throws and with 13.8 seconds left the Bucs were down by one point, 65-64.

Following a timeout, BEA fouled the Saints with 11.2 seconds left.

The St. Peter player made both of his free throws to put the Saints on top 67-64.

BEA inbounded the ball and got across the half-court line before calling another timeout with 5.7 seconds to play.

The Bucs inbounded the ball from in front of their bench. Gavin Storbeck threw the ball to Sam Keister underneath the basket. Keister turned and passed the ball to Gudahl who was positioned behind the 3-point line. Gudahl caught the ball and shot over a Saints’ player. The ball hit the backboard and banked in and the game was tied 67-67.

St. Peter outscored BEA 8-6 in the overtime period to hand the Bucs their second loss of the season.

The Bucs shot 53.8 percent on their two-point attempts and 36.8 on their three-point shots. They were 10 of 17 from the free-throw line.

St. Peter had 42 rebounds to BEA’s 30. The Saints were especially effective on their offensive boards, pulling down 16 rebounds.

Anderson came back from his ankle injury to lead the Bucs with 18 points. Gudahl finished with 12, Storbeck and Thielfoldt each had 11, Keister had nine, Ashton Lloyd had seven and Will Howard scored five.

Keister led the team in rebounds with seven while Lloyd and Storbeck each had six.

BEA’s game against Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, which was scheduled to be played on Thursday, Feb. 25, was cancelled.

The Bucs were scheduled to host New Ulm on Saturday, Feb. 27. The results of that game will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.