The Fowler Goldbugs boys basketball team gave all they could Saturday in an attempt to earn their first win of the season, but in the end it was the Bucklin Red Aces who prevailed, beating the Goldbugs 52-47.

Sophomore Joshua Stout led the Red Aces in scoring with 13 points. Junior Gabe Ellis had 11. Junior Zabien Green had 10.

For Fowler, freshman Alex DeLaTorre had a game-high 18 points. Sophomore Daniel Garcia had 13. Junior Caleb Heinz had 7.

The Red Aces led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter, 26-21 at halftime and 36-33 entering the fourth.

One of the major differences between the two teams Saturday was second-chance points. On at least one play, the Red Aces got what appeared to be five offensive rebounds before hitting the shot on the sixth attempt of the possession.

“It’s real easy to get a lot of second-chance shots when you don’t make the first one, and we didn’t shoot the ball very well, so we gave ourselves a lot options,” Bucklin head coach Derek Bevan said. “I think we had, oh, somewhere around 25 offensive rebounds, so that shows a lot of heart and effort with them not stopping on the play. I was proud of them for that and not giving up.”

Still, it’s a lot easier if you hit the first one, Bevan said.

“Our guys, they kept crashing hard and being in the right spot and getting it and kept trying to put it in,” Bevan said. “We just could not get it to fall tonight but they just kept pushing hard and kept our defense up and defended pretty well, I thought for the most part.”

There were a couple of defensive lapses, but in the Red Aces are working on that he said.

“I thought they played really hard tonight, and Fowler played hard as well,” Bevan said. “So it was just a good game and luckily we are able to come out on top.”