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Briarwood Academy seeks stronger second half

The 2009-10 basketball campaign has been a tough one so far for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers. But now that the second half of the season is underway, head coach Bo Fleming is hoping his team can fare well in region play and go on to make the playoffs.

"We've got start playing much better now that our region schedule is ahead of us," Fleming said before playing host to the CSRA Homeschool Warriors last Friday.

The Bucs won that game, 59-38. The victory was only their second one of the season -- both coming over the Warriors. Going into that game, Briarwood had a dismal 1-9 overall record.

Then, on Saturday night, the Bucs' sailed to another win -- defeating Twiggs Academy before a nice crowd of home fans.

In the game against the CSRA Warriors, Briarwood senior Trey Stadler made his first start of the season since suffering an ankle injury during the football playoffs. It caused him to miss the first half of the basketball season.

Against the Warriors, Stadler's presence was felt in a big way. He scored nine points.

Fleming expects Stadler's pace to pick up as he gets used to playing on a regular basis.

"We've really missed him," Fleming said. "It's great to have him back."

Another star player for the Bucs is Dalton Reese, who had 19 points against the Warriors to lead his team to victory. He made several fine offensive moves in the game and played a good game, defensively, too.

Other Briarwood players scoring points in that game included: Tyler Daniels, 13, Ryan Nelson, five, Carson Wiley, three, Colt Phelps, three, Seth Newton, three, Steven Gunn, two, and Thomas Lyman, two, respectively.

The Bucs outscored the Warriors 20-5 in the first period and went on to breeze past their opponents who traveled from nearby Columbia County.

Briarwood Academy played Brentwood Academy on Monday and John Hancock Academy on Tuesday.

They have two games slated this weekend. The Bucs will play David Emanuel Academy of Swainsboro on Friday night.

Web posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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