Buckeye Trail spoils Barnesville’s opener

The Warriors of Buckeye Trail defeated homestanding Barnesville Friday night by a margin of 77-51 as the Shamrocks hosted their opening game of the 2012-2013 boys’ basketball campaign.

Trail, which fell to an early 9-1 deficit, quickly regained its composure to take the lead by the end of the first stanza and never looked back.

The Warriors were led by sharp shooting Tyler Starr, who registered 17 points on the night, including a pair of treys, and a 3-for-4 night at the line.

“We had a bit of a slow, first game jitters, but when we started knocking down shots I was pleased with the performance,” said Buckeye Trail head coach Rod Gray.

Josh Toland also turned in a sparking performance adding 16 points and just as many rebounds, creating a fluid inside out game when they needed it.

“That’s one heck of an effort, however you choose to do it you have to score in the paint, and that’s exactly with he did for us tonight.” Gray added of his 6-5 junior post man.

The Shamrocks, however, began the night sprinting out to an early lead, with the help of Dylan McMillan and Brian Clark who combined for the games first four buckets.

It wasn’t long before the Warriors would begin to regroup though, limiting turnovers and cashing in on easy buckets, which tended to carom out to begin the contest.

“If we can play 32 minutes like we played the first four minutes, we’re going to play good basketball.” exclaimed 8-year Shamrocks head coach Chris Pack.

Through the midway point, Buckeye Trail extended its lead to 38-25 before heading into the lockerrooms.

The Shamrocks were outscored in the third period 24-18, allowing the Warriors’ lead to extend to 62-43.

“I’m super proud of the guys’ effort, I’m not unhappy by where we are at. This is one of the best teams on our schedule.” Pack said.

“We need to eliminate some of those stretches and knock down some easy shots, but take nothing away from (Trail) for knocking down some shots. They shot the ball well.

“We didn’t bother their shooters enough,” he continued.

Lane Starr added 16 for the Warriors on the night, while Shamrock big man Zach Houston accumulated a hard-earned 18 points underneath the hoop.

From the line, Trail and Barnesville went 16-25 and 14-21, respectively.

Trail also came up with 16 steals on the night.

Barnesville is back in action Tuesday against Shenandoah.

Muklewicz may be reached at mmuklewicz@timesleader-online.com