Bucks down Montgomery Raiders for second straight game
BY KEVIN RAUCH
For The Express
FARWELL- It’s been a season of long stretches for a young Bucktail boys basketball team who has experienced growing pains along the way. The team stayed the course, however, and the hard road traveled led to rewards twice in the last couple of days as the team picked up a pair of wins against Montgomery.
In Montgomery on Wednesday the Red Raiders led the entire game until Gavin Becker’s three point shot with three seconds remaining gave the Bucks the dramatic come from behind win.
The two squared off in the rematch last night at Bucktail and this time the Bucks wouldn’t need late game heroics as they picked up a 59-37 win.
The Bucks tried to pull away early when the team cashed in on two consecutive Aaron Lucas layups giving the home team a 9-2 lead, forcing the Red Raiders to use an early time out.
Montgomery would use the next quarter and a half to scratch back into the game as Vaughn Ault completed the comeback when he hit a three point shot with just over a minute remaining in the second quarter giving the Raiders a 20-18 lead.
Following a miss on Bucktail’s next possession, four Bucks got back on defense but Liam Dwyer surprised two Red Raiders by picking off a short pass underneath the basket before putting the game tying layup through the hoop.
Both teams missed shots in the final minute of the half but a Dwyer buzzer-beating three point shot put the Bucks back up 23-20.
After six quarters through a game and a half of close scoring basketball, the Bucks finally put some distance between themselves and Montgomery in the third quarter.
Paced by Dwyer’s 7 third quarter points the Bucks basically went on a 18-7 run, putting the game away on a Red Raider team that themselves are loaded with underclassmen.
Bucktail fan favorite, Delmar Blackwell, scored 7 points late in the fourth quarter, giving the fans plenty to cheer about as they have stuck with their team all season.
“We’re definitely picking up the intensity” Coach Dave Pentz said following the game. “They’ve stuck with it, overall as a team they didn’t give up this season and we’ve put together a string of solid games”.
“In Montgomery we’re playing a team just like us, a young small team” pointed out JV Coach Mike Charcalla. Pentz agreed–“That’s right, we get to see a measuring stick of where we are against a comparable team and it was a good outcome”.
Dwyer finished with a game high 19 points, including three 3-point shots.
The 6-11 Bucks will have play Sullivan County on Saturday afternoon before heading to Saint John Neumann on Wednesday.
Bucktail 14 9 18 18-59
Montgomery 9 11 7 10-37
Bucktail: Dwyer 5, 3 -19; Devin Serafini 1, 2, 0 for 1 -9; Gavin Becker 1, 1, 2 for 3 -7; Delmar Blackwell 3, 1 for 4 -7; Alex Intallura 3, 1 for 3 -7; Gabe Conway 2, 1 for 2 -5; Aaron Lucas 1, 1 for 4 -5.
Montgomery: Steve Prince 3, 1, 1 for 2 -10; Kalan Guyer 3, 1 0 for 1 -9; Vaughn Ault 3, 1 -9; Deshaun Derr 2, -4; Cameron Yeagle 1, 1 for 2 -3; Brent Leon 1, -2.