The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers fell to the visiting Knights of Windsor Academy on Friday by a score of 57-45.
Briarwood got on the board first with a basket by Tyler Daniel, who made the Bucs’ first seven points of the game. The Bucs held the lead through much of the first period, but the Knights put together several late-quarter baskets to pull ahead 16-15 by the end of the period.
Briarwood pulled ahead early in the second period and briefly held a three-point lead.
An early highlight of the period came when Daniel made a successful dunk from under the basket.
“That was very exciting for me,” Daniel said after the game. “I was really pumped up after that.”
The Knights continued to battle back, however, and regained the lead shortly thereafter, a lead they wouldn’t surrender again.
Though down by 10 at one point in the second period, the Bucs themselves battled back and the score stood at 35-33 at the end of the first half.
The scoring remained tight in the third period, but with Briarwood adding five points to Windsor Academy’s 10, the momentum was on Windsor’s side. The Bucs added an additional seven points in the fourth period, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Knights, who mounted an impressive 12 points to end the game leading 57-45.
“They (Windsor) came in with a lot of energy,” head coach Bo Fleming said after the game. “If we’d made our opportunities from about two feet it would have been a different game. But we just didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, and Windsor got the win.”
Fleming gave credit to the Windsor players. “They’ve got one of the best scorers in the region in J.B. Brooks, and they just had a good night,” Fleming said. “But we’ll bounce back. I told my players after the game that the sun’s still going to rise in the morning, and we’ll be back Tuesday ready to go.”
Also last week, the Briarwood boys fell to Thomas Jefferson Academy, 58-47, on Thursday.
With the Friday loss, Briarwood’s record stood at 9-8 overall and 2-4 in the region. Their next home game is Friday against Piedmont.