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Jaguars capitalize on Bucs ' turnovers

The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers found the going rough on the hardwood as they lost 60-53 to the visiting Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars in basketball play Dec. 7.

This week the Buccaneers are hoping to rebound with some victories. They played Edmund Burke Academy's Spartans in Waynesboro on Monday night and will play host to Gatewood Academy's Gators Friday night.

A story about those games and others will be included in a story in The McDuffie Mirror next week.

The game against Gatewood this weekend will be Briarwood's last before the Christmas break.

After jumping out to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter, the Buccaneers of third-year head coach Bo Fleming found the going rough.

The Jaguars outscored Briarwood 23-9 in the second quarter.

At halftime, the visitors led by 9 points, 30-21.

"Turnovers is what put us in the hole at halftime," coach Fleming said.

The Buccaneers made some defensive adjustments at the break and played much better in the third quarter, coach Fleming said.

With a little more than 4 minutes left in the game. the Buccaneers hit a lull during a 2-minute stretch.

"We turned the ball over on four straight possessions, which Thomas Jefferson turned into 8 points," coach Fleming said. "It put the game out of reach at that point."

He was pleased that his team handled the Jaguars' full-court pressure most of the game.

"That was a good sign for us as we move on this season," he added. "I was proud of our effort, as we left it all on the court."

He praised the efforts of Tyler Daniel, who he said had "a monster game inside."

Daniel lit up the scoreboard several times.

He ended up scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.

Three other Briarwood players also performed well.

Dalton Reese, 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists;

Colt Phelps, 6 points and 12 rebounds

Ryan Nelson, 4 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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