The Hubmen drained three 3-pointers in a row to transform a tied 18-18 ball game into a nine point lead going into the locker room at halftime.
“The three 3-pointers hurt us,” says BEA head coach Gary Holmseth. “We need to play better defense.”
Prior to the shooting barrage, the Bucs had battled to tie the game after a beautiful assist from Sam Lee to a cutting Brady Anderson for a conventional 3-point play. The tie was short lived, however, and the Hubmen responded with two treys from Nate Beckman and one from Kevin Way to create the momentum shifting nine-point swing.
During much of the game, BEA executed adequately, but couldn’t seem to translate the hard work put in on the offensive end into points.
“We didn’t get rewarded with scoring opportunities, because we didn’t finish shots,” Holmseth says. “A lot of those looks will go in later in the season.”
In the second half Jordan slowly built their lead to 41-26, until BEA countered with a run of their own. Dallas Barslou struck first nailing a 3-pointer to trim the lead to 12. On the next Jordan possession, Isaac Darrington displayed tremendous hustle stealing the ball and making a layup while in the process of being fouled. His free throw after the basket was good, cutting the Jordan lead to nine.
“We were starting to close the gap when Isaac Darrington made the free throw to cut it to nine points,” Holmseth says. “After that, Jordan came out and scored on three possessions in a row, ruining our chance for momentum.”
Way hit a reverse layup and Jake Andersen converted on two consecutive three point plays to extend Jordan’s lead to 49-34.
For the rest of the game, BEA would only come within 12 points of the lead, until the final buzzer sounded.
To cement their double-digit victory, the Hubmen continued to knock down free throw after free throw. Jordan finished the night 21 of 30 from the charity stripe.
Andersen led the Hubmen with 20 points, Beckman scored 16 and Way chipped in 15.
BEA was led in the scoring column by Barslou who poured in 15 points. Lee followed close behind working hard down low scoring 14 points on seven field goals inside the paint. Anderson added eight points.
“We scored better in the second half,” Holmseth says. “Our second half spurt came when our good defensive plays turned into baskets.”
BEA will travel to Belle Plaine on Tuesday for their second non-conference game of the season. Game time is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
“We just have to play harder,” Holmseth says.