Coach Greg Keck's Briarwood Academy Runnin' Bucs won one of three games this past week in the Garden City Classic Basketball Tournament in Augusta to open their 2004-2005 hoop schedule.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the first game of the tournament, the Buccaneers lost a heart-breaker in overtime to the Augusta Prep Cavaliers by a 56-47 score.
Both teams owned a 7-7 score at the end of the first quarter, and Briarwood maintained a slim 21-19 lead at the halftime intermission. Augusta Prep outscored Briarwood 14-12 in the third period to tie the score at 33.
Both squads produced 12 points each in the final quarter, before Augusta Prep exploded in overtime and outscored the Bucs 11-2 to record the win in the tournament.
Burt Goolsby was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 22 points, dropping the Bucs to 0-2 in the tourney.
He was followed by Al Dudley with 13 points, Joseph Batrous with eight points and Dave Joesbury with four points. Goolsby connected on four 3-point shots and four of four free throws.
Briarwood played its second game of the tournament on Friday night, Dec. 3 against Westminster Christian. Westminster dominated the second half of play and defeated the Buccaneers by a 59-49 score.
The Bucs controlled the first quarter by a 19-9 advantage; however Westminster outscored Briarwood heavily in the next three quarters to run away with the win.
Batrous was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 18 points. Following him were Goolsby with 14 points, Joesbury with eight points, Dudley with five points and Zack Henderson with four points.
Batrous bucketed four 3-point shots, while Goolsby netted four of five free throws on the night.
The Bucs finally got on the winning track on Saturday afternoon, as they posted a 54-38 win in the consolation game of the tournament.
"Our defensive intensity was outstanding throughout the tournament," said Coach Keck.
"We made some crucial mistakes in the first game on in-bound passes, but we worked on that area and improved drastically."