The Briarwood Academy Bucs got off to a good start for their season in a 50-49 loss to Augusta Prep last week in Augusta, while the Lady Bucs avenged an earlier 16-point defeat with a 45-38 win over the Lady Cavaliers.
The two teams will play in the Brentwood Christmas Tournament in Sandersville this weekend. The Lady Bucs, followed immediately by the Bucs, will face Augusta Christian at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, in the first round of play. The Briarwood teams will face Westminster School of Augusta, on Saturday, Dec. 20, beginning with the Lady Bucs at 3 p.m., followed by the Bucs.
The Runnin' Bucs, fresh from the football field with only a week of practice under their belts, played an outstanding game against the Cavaliers who were playing their ninth game of the season.
"I was very pleased with the way the boys played with it being their first game of the year," Coach Clayton Parish said. "We didn't do a very good job of rebounding the ball, but in all other facets, we did really well. The thing I was proud of was we usually have a problem with scoring and turnovers early in the year, and we didn't have a problem with either of those."
In fact, the Bucs jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead, only to watch the lead evaporate in the second as Augusta Prep outscored the Bucs 22-11.
"We had some foul trouble early in the game which led to their run," Parish said. "Also, fatigue was a factor, too, later in the game."
Senior Bob Wills led the Bucs with 20 points, followed by junior Burt Goolsby with nine and senior Josh Gardner with seven.
"It was Burt's first career start, and I couldn't have asked for any more out of him," Coach Parish said.
The Lady Bucs, who lost to the Augusta Prep girls 50-34 last week in the Garden City Classic Tournament in Augusta, came back to hand Augusta Prep a 45-38 defeat.
Again, free throw shooting proved to be the sticking point for the girls who can't seem to find the mark with their free shots.
"Anne Wills was six-for-six from the free throw line. You take her out, and everyone else was one-for-10," said Coach Parish, who said the girls hit only seven of 16 free throws.
"We were very fortunate to win such a close game with such poor free throw shooting," he said.
Wills had an outstanding night, shooting extremely well from the field as well as the free throw line. Twelve of Wills' 26 points were scored from three-pointers.
Senior Linda Nutial scored eight points for the Lady Bucs, followed by Senior Lindsay Sherrer with six points.
The Lady Bucs are now 5-3 on the season.