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Briarwood Bucs lose to Curtis Baptist and TJA in same weekend

This past weekend wasn't a good one for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers. The reason: they lost back-to-back basketball games to Curtis Baptist on Saturday and to Thomas Jefferson Academy the night before.

In Saturday's game against the Crusaders, the Bucs lost 61-47. Last Friday night, Briarwood dropped a close one to the visiting Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars of Louisville. The final score was 58-55.

Curtis Baptist set the pace right from the start, scoring the first two baskets before Briarwood's Ryan Nelson hit a one of two free-throws to put the Bucs on the scoreboard. Trey Stadler, the Bucs' junior center, later hit the next two field goals to keep the game close, 12-5 with 2:36 to play in the first period.

Early in the second period, Nelson made a nice pass to Stadler on the inside, made the basket and was fouled in the process. Stadler went on to sink the free-throw, making it a 14-12 game with 6:17 left in first half action. The game became tied at 16-16 when Briarwood senior point guard Ryan Gerlach hit a pair of free-throws at the 3:40 mark.

It seemed that every time the Bucs tried to establish a lead, the Crusaders were there to shut them down, defensively. By halftime, Curtis Baptist clung to a five-point lead, 24-19.

Early in the third period, the Crusaders struck for another field goal to go by seven before Briarwood senior Price Chalker knocked down a three-point basket to cut the Curtis Baptist lead to 26-22. Chalker, who was red-hot with his three-point shooting abilities over the weekend, hit another such shot to make it a 28-25 game with 4:48 left in the third period.

The Buccaneers claimed a 36-34 lead for a brief period - thanks in part to Chalker hitting another shot from long range and a feed pass from Gerlach to Stadler. At the end of the period, the game was knotted 38-38.

Chalker broke free quickly in the fourth and scored a field goal, which the Bucs a 40-38 lead. As quickly as the Bucs had found a way to lead the game, they soon found themselves trailing again by seven points, 47-40.

Despite their efforts to mount a come back, the Bucs were never able to get closer than that during the fourth period. The Crusaders ended up outscoring the Bucs 23-9 during the last eight minutes of the game.

Chalker led the Bucs in scoring with 20 points. He was followed by Stadler with 15, Gerlach, 6, Nelson, 2, Thomas Lyman, 2 and Matthew McElveen, 2 points, respectively.

In the game against Thomas Jefferson Academy, Chalker, again, was the leading scorer for the Bucs. He hit an amazing 10 three-point baskets in that game for 30 points. Stadler added 12, Gerlach, 9, Carson Wiley, 3 and Nelson 1 point, respectively.

Briarwood plays host to Piedmont Academy on Friday night and travels to Eatonton to take on Gatewood Academy's Gators in the regular season finale on Saturday.

Web posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009

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