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Bucs take to the court slowly in season-opener

Still in a football mode of sorts and with just one team practice under their belts, the going was rough for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers in their first basketball game of the season Nov. 23.

The 60-22 loss came at the hands of the Westminster School of Augusta Wildcats.

"We haven't been able to practice but once since the football season ended only a week ago," said Briarwood Academy head coach Bo Fleming. "Right now, they're still in a football mode, but they'll get in a basketball mode soon, I hope."

In comparison, it was the Wildcats' sixth game of the season.

Briarwood was scheduled to have played Westside Christian Academy on the road Monday night. They were to play host to the Curtis Baptist Crusaders on Tuesday. On Friday night, the Buccaneers will travel to Waynesboro to play the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans.

Another problem for the Buccaneers against Westminster was the fact that one of their star players, Trey Stadler, was injured. Stadler, a senior, injured his right foot during a recent football playoff game. He is expected to see action on the basketball court soon, coach Fleming said.

Nearly 21/2 minutes went by in the first period before Briarwood's Dalton Reese connected on a pair of free throws to get the Buccaneers on the scoreboard.

Eventually, the Wildcats went on an 8-point run to build a 12-2 lead. Briarwood's first field goal wasn't scored until Steven Gunn hooped in a shot with just 36 seconds left in the first period. From then on, things only worsened for the Buccaneers.

Aside from Reese and Gunn, some of the Briarwood players seeing action included: Carson Wiley, Blake Sowell, Tyler Edwards, Spencer Hadden, Andrew Coxwell, Thomas Lynam and Jesse Prescott.

Gunn led the Buccaneers with 7 points, while Westminster was led by Max Hoppard with 22 points.

Web posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009

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