The O’Connell Buccaneers came up short against the Houston Pro-Vision Academy Warriors, falling in a 65-51 encounter on Friday night in Galveston.
In a game where both teams showcased their strong shooting, it was the Warriors that had more left in the tank, turning a two-point halftime lead into a second half explosion.
Nic Johnson led the Warriors in scoring, putting up 18 points while Josh Williams scored 15 and Bryron Mack finished with 11.
Mike Briseck scored 26 points to lead the Buccaneers while Terrance Ward finished with eight.
After both teams began the night on a slow start, the Warriors and the Buccaneers gradually started building momentum on their shooting. Briseck’s 3-pointer gave the Bucs a slight lead early in the game.
Briseck was sent to the free throw line moments later and converted both shots to give the Bucs an 8-6 lead with 1:55 left in the first quarter.
Williams scored off a transition basket soon after and Briseck had another answer on the other end of the floor as both teams traded the lead.
The Warriors led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Briseck began the second quarter with a 3-pointer before Chris Horton scored his own from beyond the arc.
Briseck followed it up with a three-point play as the Buccaneers were off to a hot start to begin the second frame.
But the Warriors snapped right back and closed the gap on the Bucs late in the half.
The Warriors had a 33-31 lead at the half.
“I thought it was a good game,” said Pro-Vision Academy head coach Ric Nelson. “I thought both teams played hard. We were slow at the start but we came together as a team and pulled through.”
Pro-Vision Academy began the second half on a 12-7 run.
A free throw by the Warriors gave them a 56-46 lead with 6:42 left in the game.
Turner broke free on a transition layup as the Warriors managed to capitalize off O’Connell missed shots.
Briseck drilled a 3-pointer from the left side of the floor and the Bucs were down by eight with 3:47 left.
But the Warriors were able to respond after each O’Connell basket and they weren’t denied a win.
“Our boys played hard the entire game,” said O’Connell head coach Derek Martin. “I can’t take anything away from them.”