"We have been screaming our fool heads off in practice and in games to rebound,'' Elkins said, "and it looks like we're just a team destined not to be able to rebound. Sometimes we get good boxouts and sometimes we don't, and if we don't get good boxouts, we're not big enough to rebound. We have to rely on long bounces.''
Catholic also appears to be developing some secondary sources of offense, as evidenced by the output of low posts Patrick Herlihy (10 points, five rebounds, three steals) and Aaron Persily (12 points, three rebounds). Persily, who came off the bench, swished all six of his free throws.
"We're starting to see some balance,'' McClanahan said, "and some depth, and I was really pleased with the way we distributed the ball in the first half. We had six guys score in the first half and had eight assists on 12 buckets. So for us, that's the efficiency level we're trying to get to.
"I thought we also played efficient on the defensive side, then in the second half I think we got into some scoreboard watching and clock watching, which teenagers will do sometimes. Our good play in the first half really held us up.''
Buffalo finished with balanced scoring - just not enough of it. Good, Bradley Harris and Gabe Garrison each netted eight points.
The Bison is scheduled to play Greenbrier West at 6 p.m. today in the third-place game of the Hometown Invitational Tournament at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center. However, if the region is hit with another heavy snowfall overnight, the lineup could be juggled at the last minute.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.