TENNERTON — After a grueling start to the 2021-22 season, the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School boys junior varsity team scored their first win of the year Monday, January 24 against Braxton County by a final score of 21-14.
The JV Little Bucs started off the game with a strong first quarter which pushed them out to a narrow 1-point, 5-4 lead entering the second quarter. The second quarter proved to be a defensive struggle from start to finish, with neither team registering a bucket in the period. Heading into the locker-room for halftime, the team clung to the 5-4 lead
The boys just slightly outscored the Little Eagles, 8-7 in the third quarter, to enter the fourth, 13-11. The Little Bucs tightened the screws defensively in the fourth quarter, only allowing the Little Eagles to score 3 points in the final period to close out the 21-14 victory.
Three Little Bucs scored in the win against Braxton. Jimmy Greene paced the junior varsity Little Bucs with 14 points on 5 made 2-point field goals and 4-9 (44%) shooting from the free throw line. Colton Warner chipped in 4 points on 2 made 2-point field goals, while Xavier Robinette scored 3 points on a single made 2-point field goal and 1-2 (50%) from the free throw line. With these two teams nearly evenly matched through 3 quarters of this defensive struggle, every point was vitally important.
Jason Westfall, head coach of the Middle School’s varsity basketball team, went on record offered his thoughts on the B-UMS junior varsity program’s first win of the year, saying, “It was a spirited game. I could feel how bad the boys wanted to win this one. Coach Baisden has done a great job in trying to balance his roster and put players in the right situations to be successful. The junior varsity team has gotten better each and every game this season. As they develop, they have stayed competitive in games this year. This win is huge because it is concrete proof showing the boys that their hard work and dedication has them trending in the right direction.”