Buchholz picks up scoring

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 12:14 a.m.
LAKE CITY - Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski said his team has been struggling to score 45 points in a game this season. Well, his team accomplished that feat in the second half Tuesday en route to a 75-64 District 4-Class 5A win over Columbia.
"I was happy with our offense," Horodyski said. "Twenty-five points in the fourth quarter, we'll take that. I'm just happy to get out of here with a W."
Columbia's Murrell Cray, who scored a game-high 29 points and was 5-of-9 from three-point range, did his best to prevent that. His layup to start the third quarter gave the Tigers (10-4, 0-2) a 32-30 lead after the teams played to an even first half.
But Chris Bright, who had just two points in the opening half, answered by starting and ending a 7-0 run to create some breathing room at 39-32. Buchholz (7-8, 2-0) was able to push the lead to 11 points before the Tigers answered with an 8-2 spurt late in the period and trailed 50-45 after 24 points.
In the fourth quarter, Bright and Dan Frank carrier the load and combined for 16 of the Bobcats' 25 points. Frank, who finished with 13 points, nailed a 3-pointer to give Buchholz a 63-52 lead with 3:38 to go.
Bright later followed with a pair of free throws to seal his 17-point performance and put the Bobcats ahead 69-61 with 1:08 remaining.
"They are both talented players," said Columbia coach Bill Barnett, whose team has now dropped three straight after opening the season 10-1. "They did a great job scoring in crucial possessions."

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