Coach Greg Keck's Briarwood Academy Runnin' Bucs have won four of their last six games to increase their standings to 6-9 overall and 4-3 in region competition. Three of these wins were on the road at crucial region locations.
With six regular season games remaining, the Buccaneers have a superb opportunity to place as a high seed in the region tournament. The 2005 region tournament is scheduled to be played the week of February 8-11 at Gatewood Academy in Eatonton.
Seth Williford (center) and his teammates take to the court against Gatewood Friday night.
On Jan. 11, the Bucs traveled to Sandersville and played arch-rival Brentwood Academy. The Eagles of Brentwood controlled the game from the opening tip-off and recorded a 72-52 victory over Briarwood.
The Eagles opened the game with a 20-7 lead after one quarter of play. After leading 37-20 at halftime, Brentwood cruised to the 20-point victory with a magnificent effort in the second half.
Three Buccaneers scored in double figures during this game. Burt Goolsby led all the Briarwood scorers with 18 points. He was followed by Al Dudley with 14 points, Joseph Batrous with 12 points, and Seth Williford and Davis Griffin with four points each.
The four-game winning streak for Briarwood began on Jan. 14 with an 88-78 victory over the Piedmont Academy Cougars in Eatonton. Both teams scored in double figures in each of the quarters.
Briarwood led 43-32 at halftime behind some aggressive scoring from a host of Buccaneer players.
Batrous was the leading scorer for Briarwood with a 25-point performance. He was followed by Dave Joesbury and Goolsby with 15 points each, Dudley with nine points and Zach Henderson with eight points.
The second adversary to fall at the hands of the Buccaneers were the Monroe Academy Mustangs with a 63-50 decision on Jan. 15 in Forsyth. The Bucs scored in double figures in each of the quarters.
Burt Goolsby goes up for two.
Briarwood led 12-6 after one quarter of play and controlled a 27-10 lead at halftime. Monroe outscored Briarwood 19-17 and 21-19 respectively in the third and fourth periods to make the game closer at the buzzer.
Goolsby was the leading scorer for the Bucs with 22 points. He was followed by Joesbury with 13 points, Batrous with 10 points, Griffin with six points and Dudley with five points.
On Jan. 17, the Buccaneers edged the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans in overtime 65-61 for a very tough region win in Waynesboro.
Briarwood led 16-14 after one period and owned a 30-24 advantage at halftime. Both teams were tied at 56-56 at end of regulation.
Goolsby led all Briarwood scorers with 20 points. Following him were Batrous with 14 points and Dudley with 13 points.
The fourth consecutive win for Briarwood came on Jan. 18 with a 67-55 victory over the Curtis Baptist Crusaders at the Clinton H. Grant Fieldhouse. Both squads scored in double figures in each of the quarters.
Four Buccaneers scored in double figures to lead the team to victory. Leading the way was Dudley with a 21-point effort. Following him were Joesbury with 16 points, Batrous with 12 points and Goolsby with 10 points.
At home on n Jan. 21, the Gatewood Gators ended the four-game win streak of the Buccaneers with a 53-50 win before a large crowd at the Buccaneer Gym.
The game was tied at 48-48 with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth period, when Buccaneer Dudley fouled out. With the score 53-50 and only three seconds remaining in regulation, Batrous took control of the ball and drove down court and attempted a three-point shot at the buzzer. However, the ball bounced off the rim, and the Bucs fell three points short of a tie.
Goolsby was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 15 points. He was followed by Dudley with 13 points and Griffin with 11 points.