Boys Basketball: Bucktail Bucks drop home contest to Muncy, 52-45
By KEVIN RAUCH
For The Express
FARWELL- It was an old fashioned Friday night physical matchup yesterday at the Dale Florey Gymnasium, as the Bucks hosted Muncy in front of a packed audience that cheered the entire game that last nearly an hour and a half and provided dozens of plays that put fans of both teams to their feet often.
What wasn’t typical was to see Bucktail the taller team, who often was with the three tallest players on the court. It was Muncy that found themselves the smaller but faster team, the latter of which proved the difference as the Indians pulled away for the 52-45 win.
The first three quarters often found the teams trading buckets. The Bucks led by a 9-8 score after the first quarter but Muncy led 20-19 at half. Pacing the Bucktail offense was Gabe Conway who scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.
The scrappier Muncy team found timely steals and three-point shots, including two such buckets from Max Rimsza and Ross Eyer.
The fans hung on every play, particularly as Tyler Snyder crushed away two Indian shots, the blocks were demonstrative and emphatic, which got a rise out of the crowd.
The speed of the Indians dented the Bucktail defense late in the third quarter, where all of a sudden shots that the Bucktail defense had contested earlier in the game now opened up for the Muncy shooters. As the game saw no more than a four-point lead by either team in the first half, Muncy had gone up 44-37 late in the third.
Muncy would use just one field goal in the fourth quarter to get two points but the Bucks sent them to the line 11 times, allowing the visitors to nurse the lead to the end.
“They played their hearts out tonight, they really did,” said Bucktail assistant coach Travis Fantaskey following the loss.
The Bucks were able to extend their bench a bit last night getting seven players into the game in large part to getting Snyder on the court, who came back from a preseason injury.
“Muncy was fast, they were quick, our defense that we counted on allowed holes late in the game, it wasn’t that we didn’t play hard, they were just fast and quick,” Fantaskey continued. “I’m very proud of our team’s effort; it would be hard to ask for more than what they gave us tonight.”
The loss moves the Bucks to 3-6, and they’ll head to Benton on Wednesday.
Bucktail 45, Muncy 52
Bucktail 9 12 16 8-45
Muncy 8 14 22 8-52
Bucktail: Conway 9, 2 for 3 -20; Liam Dwyer 4, 1 for 1 -9; Devin Serafini 1, 1 0 for 8 -5; Dillon Cross 2, -4; Snyder 2, -4; Darrin Bruno 1 -3.
Muncy: Max Rimsza 2, 1 6 for 8 -13; Bronson Eyer 3, 4 for 9 -10; Gio Persun 3, 1, 1 for 2 -10; Tanner Gold 3 -6; Ross Eyer 1,1, 1 for 2 -6; Louden Boring 2 -4; Conner Sassano 1, 1 for 2 -3.