Briarwood Academy’s Buccaneers improved to 4-7 Saturday night when they hosted and defeated John Hancock Academy 72-50. “It was good for our kids to get back and get another win,” said Briarwood Boys’ Coach Bo Fleming. “We played hard and have had some tough losses the last couple of weeks. Saturday worked out well for us.” It was a solid offensive night for the Bucs, and by halftime they led 34-18. In the end, the two typical leading scorers combined to provide 42 of the Bucs 72 points. It was a big night for Andrew Stapleton, 23 points, as well as Preston Myhand, 19 points. Tucker Lord reached double digits with 10 points on the night. “They both (Stapleton and Myhand) stepped up. Those guys are sophomores and they’re going through some growing pains. They keep playing hard every game and they keep getting better, so it was good to see them have some success Saturday night,” said Fleming. The night before, Gatewood came to town and were prepared to keep both Stapleton and Myhand in check. The Bucs lost 65-43. “They knew they were our top two scorers and they decided to limit their opportunities,” Fleming said. However, Lord and Gunner Stewart filled the gaps and led the Bucs in scoring with 8 points apiece. Stapleton provided 6, Tucker Purvis 5, Crawford Thigpen 4, and Myhand 4. “Tucker Lord has been getting better each week. He’s started to hit some shots for us and gets after it on the defensive end,” said Fleming. “Gunner is coming into his own. He is really stepping up for us and becoming another scorer,” said Fleming. “I’ve been proud of how Gunner has been working in practice.” After the weekend, the Bucs held a 1-5 region record and started this week off with a home game against Augusta Prep Day on Tuesday. The game was played after press time, so no information was available for this week’s issue. Friday night the Bucs will be on the road in Athens at Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School. Then, Saturday afternoon at 5:30, the Bucs will host Brentwood. The varsity girls play at 3:30 p.m. The junior varsity games are set for 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Starting with the Saturday game against Brentwood, four of the final five games of the regular season will be against region opponents. “There’s no night off in our region for boys. Either you come and get after it and hit shots, or you are in for a long night,” said Fleming. “Our guys have just got to keep playing hard and put ourselves in the best position for the region tournament and see how the chips fall.”
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