Briarwood’s Dax Reese drives in for a layup in the first half of Briarwood’s game against Nathanael Greene Academy last Friday.

Briarwood Academy’s Runnin’ Bucs slid to a 3-4 record after back-to-back losses this past weekend.

The Bucs hosted Nathanael Greene Academy this past Friday and lost by 6, 67-51.

“They kind of got out to a lead early and we had a little foul trouble and some injury issues,” said Briarwood Head Coach Ryan Gerlach. “We fought back and made it a game and could have won it, but didn’t quite close it out.”

The Bucs were down by 14 in the third quarter and fought back.

“We started applying pressure and created a lot of turnovers and started doing well. We cut it to 2, and had a chance to tie it in the last minute but missed the opportunity,” Gerlach said.

So, the game remained close until the end, and Nat Greene stretched out to the 6 point advantage as Briarwood fouled them to send them to the line.

But, overall, trips to the foul line played a significant role.

“The big difference was they had 24 free throw attempts and we only had 14 and that really hurt us. In the first half alone, they shot 14 free throws and we only shot one,” Gerlach said.

Senior point guard Aaron Land led the Bucs in scoring with 25 and sank five 3-pointers. Andrew Stapleton scored 11 and Lucas Freitas supplied 8 to round out the top scorers for Briarwood.

Saturday the Bucs traveled to Westminster and lost 73-47.

“Westminster shot the ball really well against us and we didn’t play well defensively. We gave them too many open looks at 3s, so that’s something we are going to be working on in the coming weeks,” said Gerlach.

Stapleton, a freshman, was Briarwood’s leading scorer with 14. Westminster was able to keep Land in check and he finished the night with just 5 points. Gunner Stewart scored 9 and Freitas 8.

Tuesday night the Bucs hosted Brentwood, but the game was after press time for this issue of The McDuffie Progress.

Friday Briarwood will host Thomas Jefferson. On Saturday afternoon, Piedmont will come to town to take on the Bucs.

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