Coach Greg Keck's Briarwood Academy Buccaneers are on a three-game losing skid as their region basketball schedule begins. Currently, the Bucs support a 2-7 overall record and an 0-1 region mark.
After posting an 18-point win over Thomas Jefferson on Dec. 11, the Bucs have suffered three straight losses to teams from the Augusta area.
Briarwood's Burt Goolsby (21) and Al Dudley (right) battle against Westminster for possession.
On Dec. 18, Briarwood fought tooth and nail with the Augusta Prep Cavaliers for the entire game, but in the end, the Cavaliers posted a slim 52-50 win over the Bucs.
Augusta Prep owned a 13-9 lead after one quarter of play, however Briarwood narrowed the deficit to a 27-26 score at halftime. Augusta Prep outscored the Bucs 17-16 in the third period, and held off a ferocious surge by the Bucs in the fourth quarter to win by only two points.
Joseph Batrous was Briarwood's leading scorer with 17 points. He was followed by Al Dudley with 11 points, Dave Joesbury with eight points, Burt Goolsby with seven points, Davis Griffin with five points and Zack Henderson with two points.
The losing ways continued for the Bucs on Jan. 4, as the Curtis Baptist Crusaders demolished Briarwood 71-40. The Crusaders scored in double figures in each of the four quarters.
Curtis led 16-4 after one quarter of play and controlled a 37-15 advantage at halftime. In the second half, Curtis produced 14 and 20 points respectively in the third and fourth quarters to ease to the win.
Dudley led all Briarwood scorers with 11 points. He was followed by Batrous with nine points, Henderson with six points, Joesbury and Goolsby with five points each and Griffin with four points.
The Westminster Wildcats invaded the Clinton H. Grant Fieldhouse on Friday night, Jan. 7 and totally destroyed the Buccaneers 49-10 in a non-region game. Westminster is the smallest Class AAA school in the state.
The Wildcats controlled a 17-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, and maintained a 34-4 lead at halftime. Westminster continued its dominance in the second half, as the Wildcats outscored Briarwood 11-3 and 4-3 respectively in the third and fourth quarters.
Dudley was the leading scorer for Briarwood with seven points. He was followed by Blake Stitcher with two points and David Russell with one point.
The Buccaneers will be on the road for their next three games, starting this weekend. On Jan. 14, the Bucs will play Piedmont Academy, then on Jan. 15, they will face Monroe Academy, and on Jan. 17, they will play Edmund Burke.