Bucktail Bucks get 62-46 win over Montgomery
By KEVIN RAUCH
For The Express
FARWELL- The Bucktail boys basketball team hosted Montgomery Saturday afternoon in a game which the first half could not have been more ominous for the Bucks. There often times appeared to be a lid on top of the basket on the Bucktail end of the court. After missing their first five shots, many other attempts went around the rim before rolling out as points were at a premium.
The Red Raiders for their part of the contest struggled to get good looks against a speedy buck’s defense.
Bucktail’s Richard Perry found a streaking Devin Serafini underneath the rim to give the Bucks their first lead of the game at 7-6 with 6:52 remaining in the first half.
Following the rough start both teams started to warm up and make shots late in the second quarter, but it was Kalen Guyer’s four points that sparked a 7-2 run to end the half with the visitors up 23-21 at the half.
Bucktail wasted no time in the third quarter coming out of the locker room and making two shots, including a Gavin Becker three pointer in the first 30 seconds. With a 26-23 lead the Bucks instantly started playing Bruno Ball, turning up the defense just as their coach would like to see them do.
“That was exactly what our plan was, make a couple of quick shots and start to get into our trapping defense, causing turbulence on their end of the court,” head coach Gene Bruno said following the game. “Defense has to be our culture and when it’s on like it was in the second half today, just look at the easy shots that it leads to for us on our offense. We have a team that has to win with defense first”.
Bucktail senior Richard Perry led on the offensive push, driving repeatedly to the rim scoring six points in the third quarter as the Bucktail defense would set up following the play. Fellow senior Gabe Conway never let Montgomery pull within ten points for much of the fourth quarter as he was finding his way to hoop often, scoring nine of his game high 18 points in the final quarter.
The Bucks would claim a 62-46 game that wasn’t really even competitive in the second half.
“You saw it in this game. Our defense wasn’t on point in the first half and this team (Montgomery) absolutely could have beaten us. It wasn’t that until we got into our trapping game that we turned things around,” Bruno said following the win. “Diggy (Alex) Intallura and Richard Perry kept us in the game in the first half when we were off our game, which was easily Richard’s best game of the season. Gabe Conway’s shooting in the fourth quarter allowed us to set up exactly how we wanted.”
The win moved the Bucks to 5-10 on the season after having gone over a week since their last game due to weather.
Monday night will see the Bucks in Galeton.
Bucktail 5 16 23 18-62
Montgomery 6 17 11 12-46
Bucks: Conway 8, 2-4- 18; Devin Serafini 6, 1-2- 13; Perry 5, 1-5- 11; Gavin Becker 3, 9; Tony Pentz 1, 1-2- 3; Dylan Cross 1 -2; Tyler Snyder 1 -2; Zach Pick 2-2 -2.
Red Raiders: Steven Prince 2, 1, 5-6 -12; Logan Almeide 1, 10-10 -12; Kalen Guyar 4, 1-2 -9; Colton Hans 2, 1-1 -5; Cameron Yeagle 1, -3; Kade Shaver 1, -2; Maurice Walters 1-7 -1.