Bucktail boys lose to Neumann

RENOVO – St. John Neumann steamrolled into the Dale Florey Gymnasium last night often putting on a clinic of what skill, size and speed can look like on a high school court. Bucktail was often up to the task, but the Knights cruised to a 75-33 win.

The loss dropped Bucktail to 4-9 in a season that has been based around defense, proving to often make teams struggle for points. But Neumann had no such issue.

“We went into this one a little blind,” first-year Bucktail coach Gene Bruno said following the game. “The plan was to stop David Hill, who averages close to 30 points a game, but I knew after watching warm ups they were much more than one player.

“I felt that we did miss some open looks and had some unforced turnovers that could have kept us in it in the first half, but this game wasn’t lost by our negatives. Their skill and size were too much, we couldn’t match it. I’ll bet 54 of their 75 points were scored in the paint.”

The Bucks did hold Hill to 16 points, but Jakob Bower hit 19 while Malaki Parlante added 14. Gavin Becker led the Bucks with 10 points including a pair of three pointers while Gabe Conway added seven.

Despite the setback Bucktail has found their stride defensively. The team was on the road for seven of its first nine games, and playing hard on their opponent’s end of the court has been gratifying to their coach.

“Other than a game or two, we always hold teams under their average (of points scored in a game), I like the way that we have shown improvement,” Bruno explained.

– Box score on B2