BEA boys go on the road to defeat TCU – Faribault County Register

Jacob Grandgenett goes up for a shot against the Worthington defender in a game played in Blue Earth on Feb. 20.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers traveled to Montgomery on Monday, Feb. 26, to face the Tri-City United Titans in boys’ basketball.
The Bucs led by seven points at the intermission and then pulled away for a 71-48 triumph over the Titans. The victory improved BEA’s record to 11-12. The Bucs traveled to Waterville on Thursday, Feb. 29, to take on the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers in their final regular season game before the beginning of the playoffs.
“This may have been as complete of a game as we have played as far as rebounding and limiting our turnovers goes,” BEA head coach Colby Swanson said. “I was pleased with our defense and we had very good ball movement on offense.”
Leading 33-26 at the beginning of the second half, the Bucs’ Jacob Grandgenett drove to the basket for two points before engineering a fastbreak with teammate Gage Barker which resulted in a layup by Barker. Next, Barker sank a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and BEA had extended their lead to 40-26.
An offensive rebound and basket by Sully Dahlberg gave the Bucs two more points and a 42-26 lead.
TCU narrowed their deficit to 11 points, but then BEA began pulling away. By the time the game clock had wound down to six and a half minutes remaining in the game, the Bucs had increased their advantage to 20 points at 57-37.
The Titans were unable to mount a rally and the Bucs won by the final score of 71-48.
“With the injuries we have suffered, many of the guys have had their roles redefined,” Swanson commented. “They have done a great job adapting to their new roles.”
BEA made 14 of their 30 shots (47 percent) from inside the arc and 12 of their 35 shots (34 percent) from outside the arc. The Bucs were 7-for-12 (58 percent) from the free-throw line.
TCU made 14 of their 36 (39 percent) 2-point shots and three of their 22 (14 percent) 3-point attempts. The Titans were 11-for-19 (58 percent) from the charity stripe.
TCU had 47 rebounds to 40 for BEA while the Bucs were charged with eight turnovers compared to 11 for the Titans.
Four BEA players reached double figures in scoring led by Barker with 18, Max Loge with 15, Taylor Davids with 14 and Jacob Grandgenett with 13.
The leading rebounder was Grandgenett with 11 followed by Loge with nine, Dahlberg with eight and Davids with seven.
Barker and Grandgenett each had six assists while Loge finished with five. Barker also had four steals during the game.
BEA 87,
Windom Area 86 OT
Trailing the Windom Area Eagles by two points in overtime with only 1.6 seconds remaining to play, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers were in need of a miracle if they were going to come out on top over the Eagles in a Big South Showcase game played at St. James on Feb. 24.
And that’s just what they got when Max Loge grabbed the rebound off of a missed Windom Area free throw and shot the ball from the Eagles’ free throw line. His three-quarter court shot swished through the net as the buzzer sounded to give the Bucs an 87-86 overtime victory over the Eagles.
The two teams had battled to a 76-76 tie at the end of regulation time.
The four-minute overtime period saw the Eagles take a five-point lead at 86-81 with 1:06 left to play.
BEA’s Noah Dahl sank a 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining to cut Windom Area’s lead to two points at 86-84.
“Noah’s basket was huge,” BEA coach Colby Swanson said. “Taylor (Davids) had just fouled out of the game and Noah came in for him and hit that critical shot to pull us to within two points.”
The Bucs regained control of the ball with 10.2 seconds left on the game clock and set up a play. Loge fired a desperation 3-pointer from the baseline which missed the mark. The Eagles grabbed the rebound and the Bucs quickly fouled to stop the clock.
Windom Area missed both free-throw attempts to keep BEA’s deficit at two points and allow Loge’s heroic shot to win the game.
“I was just happy for the guys to get the victory,” Swanson said.
Windom led the contest 41-36 to begin the second half but three-pointers by Davids and Jacob Grandgenett pushed BEA into the lead just three minutes into the final stanza.
The Eagles did not score for the first 6:26 of the second half. By that time the Bucs had increased their lead to 48-41. A 3-pointer by Windom Area’s Jackson Joyce broke the Eagles’ scoring drought and cut the Bucs’ advantage to 48-44.
Windom Area regained the lead at 52-50 with 10:45 left in regulation when Elliot Serreyn scored two of his game-high 25 points on an inbounds play underneath the Eagles’ basket.
Neither team was able to pull away but with just over three minutes to play, Windom Area had moved out front by six points at 73-67. However, a drive by Gage Barker and a 3-pointer by Sully Dahlberg cut the Eagles’ lead to one point. Dahlberg scored again and was fouled in the process and he sank his free-throw attempt to complete the traditional 3-point play and give the Bucs a 75-73 lead with 1:05 showing on the game clock
Barker added one free throw while Windom Area sank three shots from the charity stripe to send the game into overtime tied at 76-76.
BEA was 16 of 35 (46 percent) on 2-point attempts and 17 of 36 (47 percent) on 3-point attempts. The Bucs were 4-for-8 at the free-throw line (50 percent).
Windom Area was 21 of 39 (54 percent) from inside the arc and 11 of 28 (39 percent) from outside the arc. The Eagles shot 26 free throws and made 11 (42 percent).
Neither team had a huge advantage in rebounding. The Eagles totaled 41 rebounds to 40 for the Bucs. Turnovers were also very even with BEA committing 14 miscues to 12 for Windom Area.
Five different BEA players reached double figures in scoring, led by Loge with 23 points. The senior just missed a triple double by also leading the team in rebounds with 12 and assists with eight.
Dahlberg finished with 17 points and six rebounds, Grandgenett had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists, Davids added 14 points and Barker tallied 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
In addition to Serreyn’s 25 points, Drew Rothenberger and Charles Erickson each scored 22 points for the Eagles.
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