Mustangs hand Bucks 64-47 loss Tuesday night
Published 8:12 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2006
By By TOM NYHUIS / Niles Daily Star
BUCHANAN - River Valley didn't show much love at all to the Bucks on Valentine's Day as they came into Buchanan and took a 64-47 Lakeland Conference win Tuesday night.
The Bucks didn't help their cause much to begin the game. Buchanan's first seven possessions resulted in turnovers or missed shots as River Valley opened up a 9-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
"That was key, beginning the game with a good start," Mustang coach Casey Caid said following the win. "Especially on their home court. We wanted to get out to a solid start. Our key going in we knew we wanted to try to make them run a half court set and work our half court defense, which hopefully would lead to rebounding and then we can get the game at our pace. They like to go up and down the court and press you."
The Bucks outscored the Mustangs in the second quarter 13-9 and trailed going in at the break 22-16.
"Lots of times during the game I thought our kids played hard," Buchanan coach Reid McBeth said. "River Valley did a nice job. I knew what their game plan was going to be, pounding it inside. The kid (Nate Swords) is 6' 6'', 300 pounds and we try to get people to double team him and when you let him catch the ball in the block a foot away from the basket it's going to be tough to stop him. I don't know why we kept forgetting to get over and help, but that is something we will be working on in practice, covering some post men because that is something that we are going to have to do better."
River Valley took advantage of their size down low and pounded the ball inside to Swords, a 6' 7" center. He finished the night with 20 points to lead the Mustangs. Andrew White added 15 and Caleb Dryden connected for 13 points for the Mustangs.
The Bucks' Damian Bryant opened the second half with two quick buckets and Buchanan trailed by two 22-20.
Marquis Hall responded for the Bucks and added six of his team high 17 points to keep the margin at two 28-26 with six minutes to play in the third quarter.
"I was happy with the way we held our composure there. We made a couple of mental mistakes, a couple of turnovers that led to easy baskets for them. We know that's what they feed off of. We did a good job of composing ourselves. Our game plan was to pound it down low and hurt them that way and we went to that and that got us back up into the lead," Caid said.
From that point the Mustangs went on a 16-6 run to end the quarter taking a 44-32 lead into the final eight minutes. The closest the Bucks could cut into the lead was nine early in the fourth as Valley stretched the lead to 15 with three minutes left in the game.
Jeff Kyles added 16 and Bryant finished with nine for the Bucks.
Valley's size played a big role on the boards as the Mustangs controlled the boards 32-23 over the Bucks. Swords and Dryden each pulled in eight rebounds to lead the Mustangs. White and Jeremy Schaeffer each came away with five caroms off the glass. Hall hauled in six and Kyles finished with five rebounds for the Bucks.
Buchanan will travel to Edwardsburg on Friday with game time slated for 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan defeated the Mustangs in the junior varsity match up with a 57-44 victory. Arron White led the Bucks with 17. Jamen Blake scored 15 for the Mustangs. In freshmen action it was the Bucks over the Mustangs 50-36. Josh Cecco scored 14 for Buchanan and Tom Lozmack had 12 for the Mustangs.