Bobcats dump Tigers

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 1:55 a.m.
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Columbia's Avery Kelsey, #44, has a shot knocked away by Buchholz's Jerome Rutledge in thier game Tuesday night.

MIXHAEL WEIMER/ The Gainesville Sun
Like seeing your breath in the cold air, there are some things you come to expect every January.
At Buchholz, the annual expectation is that the boys basketball team, after a so-so start, will pick up its play and enter the postseason as one of the area's best teams.
After Tuesday night's 62-40 victory against visiting Columbia, the Bobcats appear to be holding to tradition, now having won five-of-six to improve their record to 12-9 (4-0 in District 4-5A).
"I thought our defense put us in a position where we could get a good, comfortable lead early," said Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski, whose club was up 17-6 after a quarter and 32-10 at the half. "Our helpside work was tremendous."
Offensively, the Bobcats weren't too shabby, either, running their motion offense to where 16 of Buchholz's 24 baskets came with assists (four by senior point guard Kyle Nolan).
Chris Bright led the way with 22 points and tied Nolan with a team-high six rebounds, but probably offered the most encouraging signs with his 5-for-5 effort from the foul line (he entered the game converting less than 55-percent of his free throws).
With the lopsided score and starting guard Dan Frank and substitute big man Chris Smaha out with fevers, many Bobcats' reserves had a chance to get some added minutes. Jerome Rutledge, starting in place of Frank, scored six points, had a team-high four steals and dished out two assists and Joe Calabrese (eight points, five rebounds) stood out.
As for the Tigers (11-6, 0-3), after picking up a 61-59 victory against Class 2A ranked Hawthorne in the same gym on Saturday, they came out flat and never really recovered.
Aside from Vince Anderson's 17 points, Rashaun Jones' seven rebounds and Bryant Crews' five steals, Columbia wasn't able to do much at any point of the contest.
"We embarrassed ourselves," said coach Bill Barnett, who recently had to indefinitely suspend leading scorer Murrell Cray (25 ppg). "In my observation, Buchholz sensed early that we were off our game, so they preceded to go out and have fun.
"Our shots weren't falling, and we weren't exactly making up for it by getting second chances on the boards. We just didn't help ourselves a lot."
John Patton is The Sun's high school sports editor. You can reach him by calling 374-5074 or by e-mail at

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