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Two players short, Buccaneers fall to Brentwood Eagles

Two basketball stars were out sick at Briarwood Academy and practice was limited because of winter weather. It was the worst combination imaginable for the Buccaneers, and as a result they lost another key region game.

The Brentwood Academy Eagles of Sandersville defeated the Bucs, 61-53.

"We would have had a chance to win the game had we not had two players out sick; I really believe that," said Briarwood head coach Bo Fleming.

Tyler Daniel and Colt Phelps were unable to play because of illness.

"We really missed them a lot," said coach Fleming. "I think they would have made a big difference if they could have played."

The loss dropped the Buccaneers' overall record to 5-8 and 1-4 in the GISA Region 1-AA standings.

Over the weekend, Briarwood Academy played two more games. Information about those games, however, was unavailable at press time Monday because students and teachers were out of school for a holiday. A story about those games and those played this week will be featured in next week's edition.

Going into the second quarter, Briarwood Academy senior Steven Gunn hit a basket that knotted the game at 17-17.

The game remained close through the first half, as the Eagles led 31-27.

That all began to change early in the second half and the Eagles managed to forge ahead, shutting down any chance of the Buccaneers mounting a comeback.

Dalton Reese led Briarwood with 18 points. Taylor Coxwell bucketed 9 points, and Ryan Pritchett scored 8.

Coach Fleming praised the performances of Coxwell and Matt McHatton.

"They both stepped it up big for us," said coach Fleming.

Web posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011

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