Bucktail Bucks fall at home on Friday night, 79-22
By KEVIN RAUCH
For The Express
RENOVO-Last night’s home game against St. John Neumann Regional Academy served as the first of four straight home games that the Bucks will hold over the next week of basketball action. Now that the final whistle has blown, Bucktail might just be happy to have gotten the Knights out of the way first, as the away team put on a 79-22 clinic last night in Farwell.
The Bucks may have caught the perennial power off guard in the first quarter. Bucktail’s best scorer Liam Dwyer scored all six of the Bucks’ first quarter points as the home team was in a 10-6 deficit late in the first quarter. The Knight’s David Hill scored the final four points as the frame ended with his team up 14-6.
Any thoughts of an unlikely upset were put to rest in the first three minutes of the second quarter, however.
In three minutes of game time, Neumann went on a 16-2 run pushing its lead to 30-8 before they made a wholesale change and put in five new players. Those Knights coming off the bench proved just as anxious to play as they ended the half on a 12-2 run giving them a 42-10 halftime lead.
Remarkably, there wasn’t a single foul called in the first half, leaving fans on both sides commenting that no one had ever remember seeing such a feat before. By the game’s end, the Knights would shoot three foul shots compared with zero for the Bucks.
Part of the lack of fouling certainly played in part to the Knights’ speed. Many of their breaks off turnovers developed so quickly that no Bucktail defender was back in time to put up any form of resistance. More than half of the Knights’ lay-ups came from players dropping in the ball just inches from the hoop. All twelve Neumann players scored points.
Defensively, the Bucks also struggled against the speed of the Knights. After Dwyer identified himself as the top shooter for Bucktail with his 6 points in the first quarter, the visiting team held him to just 2 points over the final three frames.
The Bucks fell to 3-6 on the year but will look to improve that record when they host Galeton on Monday evening.
St. John Neumann RA
14 28 19 18-79
6 4 5 4-22
Bucks: Dwyer 4 FG’s, -8 points; Gabe Conway 4- 8; Tony Pentz 1 -3; Gavin Becker 1 – 2; Alex Intallura 1 -2.
SJN: David Hill 8, 1, 1 for 1 -20; Brandon Lane 5 -10; Malaki Palente 5 -10; Jaiden Lynch 4 -8; Noah Persen 2, 2 for 2- 6; Adam Holminiak 1, 1 -5; River Parish 2, -4; Andrew Fish 2, -4; Reid Parish 2, -4; Forman Stewart 2, -4; Joziah Reid 1, -2; Jaiden Cioffi 1, -2.