The Briarwood Academy Runnin' Bucs suffered a disappointing 69-47 loss in the first round of the GISA state playoffs.
"We accomplished our goal, which was to make it to the (state) playoffs," first year Coach Bo Fleming said. "It was a step in the right direction for our program. Next year, we hope to contend for the region title and try to advance further in the state tournament."
In addition to a strong bench, the Bucs are the only team in their GISA Region 1A, which will be returning the majority of their starters.
"All of the other teams in our region lost much more heavily," Coach Fleming said. "We have three returning starters and a lot of players off the bench, who gained a lot of experience."
However, the Bucs will "definitely miss" our two seniors (Price Chalker and Ryan Gerlach.) We couldn't have asked for a better two. They were our team leaders. On certain nights, one of them would have to carry us. They worked well off each other."
Chalker was the Bucs' best three-point shooter to take the court in years. He averaged 13.4 points per game.
Gerlach was the team's floor leader, bringing the ball up the court for the Bucs. He averaged 13 points and three steals per game.
The Bucs have one of the best players in Region 1A returning in their 6'5" forward, junior Trey Stadler. Stadler averaged 14.6 points per game as well as 13.3 rebounds.
The Bucs are also returning another six-footer in junior forward Ryan Nelson, who along with freshman guard Dalton Reese, nailed down the remaining two starting positions after a battle for the spots earlier in the season.