“I was really proud of our kids when we were down 55-38. After having so many tough losses we could have folded the tents, but instead we rallied to tie it at 68. The boys have a never say die attitude and it was awesome to see! Down the stretch we missed a couple of shots and free throws and they made some shots and free throws and they pulled away.”
BEA beats Saints 81-72
The Saints fell to the BEA Bucs on Tuesday night by a final score of 81-72. It was a wild ride to get to that final score. The night began with Zach Brandts receiving a basketball from Head Coach Steve Walker on Zach reaching the 1,000 point milestone of his career.
Then it was time for basketball, and the Saints came out firing on all pistons - more accurately all players, as all of the Saints starters scored in the first three minutes of the night.
Balanced scoring was a theme of the night, as four starters were in double figures, with Sam Carlson adding nine points.
One of the problems this night was that only the starters scored. There were no bench points.
With ‘all systems go’ the Saints breezed out to a 25-13 lead and the boys were up that much midway through the first half.
Then an invisible manhole cover was placed on the Saints basketball hoop and BEA got smokin hot.
The Bucs went on a 30-5 run to close out the half. BEA did not pull into a tie at 27 until the 6:45 mark, and they kept firing away. At the half the Bucs held a 43-30 lead over the Saints.
The tide kept rolling for the Bucs early in the second half, as the visitors pushed their lead to as many as 17. The Saints trailed 55-38 at the 12:55 mark.
Then the Saints came back with a big scoring assist from Walker Froehling, who had the bulk of his team high 22 points in the second half.
The Saints have had many games this season where they’ve trailed in the second half, but are able to make a run.
Tuesday night the run brought them all the way back to a tie. Froehling hit a trey (he had four threes) to close the gap to 68-67. Then Joe Nelson had a steal was fouled and made 1-2 free throws to tie the game up at 68 all with 3:18 to go.
The boys team has been in this position many times this year and with the exception of the LCWM game, it is the other team that pulls away or hangs on to win.
BEA went on a 13-4 run to salt away the victory.
Coach Walker praised the team’s effort, “I was really proud of our kids when we were down 55-38. After having so many tough losses we could have folded the tents, but instead we rallied to tie it at 68. The boys have a never say die attitude and it was awesome to see! “Down the stretch we missed a couple of shots and free throws and they made some shots and free throws and they pulled away.”
In addition to Froehling’s 22, Zach Brandts had 16, Ryan Menssen had 15 and Nelson had 10.
Walker said, “It was game of runs and 13's we were up 25-13, they went on a 42-13 run to go up 55-38; we go on a 30-13 run to tie it at 68; then they finish the game with a 13-4 run.”
Tuesday night 13 was a lucky number for BEA and not the Saints.
MCW over Saints70-43
Last Friday, the Saints hit the road to Martin County West and fell to the Mavericks by a score of 70-43.
It was over early as the Saints trailed at the half 41 to 19.
The Saints had a poor shooting night as they shot 31 percent from the floor. That’s compared to MCW’s 45 percent. The Saints only had 45 field goal attempts compared to MCW’s 58.
Zach Brandts was the only Saint in double figures with 16 points.
The Saints were also out rebounded 23 to 38 for MCW.
The Saints turned it over 20 times in the game.