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Briarwood beats Thomas Jefferson; falls to David Emanuel

The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers picked up a big win over Thomas Jefferson Academy last Saturday night in Louisville after a disappointing loss to David Emanuel the night before at Briarwood.

"It was a huge win for us and it was a huge boost for our confidence," said Briarwood Head Coach Bo Fleming of his team's 41-36 victory over the Jaguars.

Coach Fleming was pleased with his team's overall performance, as well as the way they shot from the all-important free-throw line. The team had been experiencing problems of late at the free-throw line that contributed to a pair of recent losses.

"We were 11-of-16 from the free-throw line," said Coach Fleming. "That's the best we've hit all year. If you want to win ball games, you've got to hit your free-throws."

Trey Stadler, a junior, had one of his best games of the season, as he poured in 26 points and yanked down 15 rebounds. Senior point guard Ryan Gerlach, meanwhile, also performed well, scoring 9 points and engineering a relentless Buccaneer team throughout the game.

It was a different story when the Bucs hosted the David Emanuel Eagles last Friday night. And when everything had been said and done, the Eagles soared away with a big upset win. The final score was 56-52.

Going into the game against Briarwood, the Eagles had won only one game this season.

The first half belonged to the Buccaneers, who outscored the Eagles 13-2 during the first eight minutes of the game. At halftime, the Bucs led 31-16.

The Eagles scored six unanswered baskets in the third before Gerlach sank a long-range shot to give Briarwood a 34-30 lead with just over five minutes left in third period action.

David Emanuel stormed right back down the court and scored a basket to cut the lead back to two. A three-point basket from the corner at the 4:31 mark gave the Eagles a 35-34 lead.

Free-throws by Stadler and Gerlach later led to the Bucs reclaiming the lead, 38-37. Going into the fourth period, Briarwood led 43-41 before the Eagles caught fire again and reclaimed the lead.

Briarwood will play host to the Edmund Burke Spartans of Waynesboro on Jan. 26.

Web posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009

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