Briarwood Academy’s Runnin’ Bucs were on the road Saturday night and met tough opposition at Westminster, which claimed a 59-38 win. The Bucs, after Saturday, were 3-1, 1-1 in region play. They were seeking to improve that Tuesday night at Brentwood. The game was after press time, so no results are avaliable. The Bucs offense was slow to find success Saturday, putting only 2 points on the board in the first quarter. Westminster, however, netted 9. “We had a bad first quarter that dug us in a hole,” said Briarwood Head Coach Bo Fleming. “It was a 14-point game at halftime. Then our guys really got after it defensively and hustled and we cut it to a 2-point game at 34-32 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. We battled back and then they pushed it back out in the end.” Fleming said his players just were not connecting on their shots in that opening quarter. “We couldn’t put it in there to start with,” he said. Both offenses cranked up by the second quarter, in which Briarwood produced 12 points. But, the Bucs were chasing a 19-point second quarter by Westminster. At the half, Westminster held a 28-14 lead. The Bucs rallied in the third quarter. Briarwood’s 19-point performance in the third helped cut into the Westminster lead, but not enough. The Bucs continued to trail through the end of the game. “Our kids played hard back-to-back nights for us and it was difficult. But I was proud. I felt like we got better Saturday and that’s all we’re trying to do — get better each game,” Fleming said. Andrew Stapleton led the Bucs in scoring with 12 points was followed by Preston Myhand, 9; and Dax Reese, 7. The entire 10-man Briarwood squad saw time in the game Saturday night as well as Friday night. Gunner Stewart and Dax Reese both have been out with injuries and have recently returned. “They just came back Friday night against Glascock,” Fleming said. Friday night the Bucs defeated Glascock County 53-31 in Gibson. Stapleton shared leading Briarwood scorer duties in Gibson with Gage Taylor. Each scored 13. Myhand supplied 8 and Tucker Lord 6. Leading scorers for Glascock were Chandler Rabun and C.J. Redfield with 7 points apiece. “We had some really good moments and we had some moments where we just need to get back to playing basketball,” said Fleming. As the Bucs head into the remaining schedule, and several region games, Fleming said the team has to get into game shape and get used to playing together. He points out they only had two or three games and then were on Christmas break. “They hustle and they do what I ask so I’m not upset as a coach,” said Fleming. “Hopefully by the time we get to these region games that matter, the shots will fall.” Later this week the Bucs will host Monsignor Donovan Catholic School Friday and Nathaniel Greene Academy Saturday.
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