TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys’ junior varsity basketball team started 2022 on a positive note securing a huge victory at home over the Hampshire Trojans. The Bucs never trailed in this one, dominating the Trojans from start to finish in a 63-31 victory.
The Bucs’ junior varsity team wasted no time getting out to a fast start in this one, outscoring the Trojans 14-0 in the first quarter. The Bucs’ defense was suffocating early, throwing the Trojans off their game offensively. The Bucs’ kept the defensive pressure up in the second quarter, holding the Trojans to only 5 points at halftime, all the while pouring it on offensively, extending their lead by scoring 21 points in the period. Going into the locker-room, the Bucs held a 30-point lead, up 35-5.
After being utterly overwhelmed by the Bucs’ defense in the first half, the Trojans settled down and gained their composure throughout the third quarter, doubling their scoring output from the entire first half in the period by scoring 10 points. Despite the Trojans playing at a higher level to start the second half, the Bucs still won the quarter, outscoring the Trojans’ 15-10 to extend their lead to 50-15 entering the fourth and final quarter.
Up big, the Bucs began to play with their rotation, ensuring every member of head coach Keith Wolverton’s deep Bucs’ junior varsity team both played and scored. The Bucs were narrowly outscored in the fourth quarter, 16-13, but it proved to be a case of far too little, far too late for the Trojans to make a serious run. In the end, the Bucs junior varsity squad ran away with a wire-to-wire 63-31 victory in possibly their most complete game of the season up to this point.
Keyton Lanier put on a shooting clinic against the Trojans, hitting 3 2-point field goals, a 3-point field goals, going a perfect 1-1 from the free throw line to finish the night as the Bucs’ leading scorer with 16 points. Nathaniel Ringer was effective in getting to his spots, hitting 5 2-point field goals, a 3-point field goal, going 1-2 from the charity stripe on his way to tallying 14 total points on the night. Carter Zuliani, Luke Yardley, and Jaden Westfall each chipped in 6 points apiece. James Smouse scored 5 points, Bryson Johnson scored 4 points, Jonas Barton scored 3 points, Ryan Snyder scored 2 points, and Ryan Kelley scored 1 point to round out the scoring for the Bucs junior varsity team.
The Bucs have announced that their remaining games this week, at North Marion and at home against Grafton have been cancelled. The Bucs’ will look to build upon their big win over the Hampshire Trojans when they travel North take on the Liberty Mountaineers next week on Wednesday, January 12.