B-U’s season ends with a 72-47 sectional loss to Morgantown

Mason Hyre (10) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers is defended by Morgantown’s Aaron Alvarez during the second quarter of their Section 2, Region 1 clash Wednesday night at Morgantown High School. Hyre scored a team-high nine points in the contest but the Bucs saw their season come to an end with a 72-47 loss.

MORGANTOWN – Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster was concerned about slowing down Morgantown’s big man underneath in 6-6, 285-pound senior center Nick Malone heading into their Section 2, Region 1 tournament opener Wednesday evening at Morgantown High School.

And his concerns were realized following the game as Malone was perfect from the floor going 5-for-5 with six rebounds and five assists with a dominating performance in the paint as the Bucs ended their year with a 72-47 setback to the Mohigans.

Malone set the tone early with eight of his 11 points coming from the inside in the first quarter.

“He just moves his body so well and is so smooth on the floor,” remarked Foster about Malone. “We were trying to push him out of the paint, but we weren’t pushing anything. Once he starts drawing all the attention from our defense then they find their outside shooters.”

The Bucs fell behind early and never led in the contest.

Morgantown went ahead of the Bucs by a 12-3 score with four minutes gone with all 12 points coming from within the paint.

The lone B-U scoring during that time went to Brayden Cutlip who turned in an old-fashioned three-point play after being fouled on his lay-up.

Will McCauley knocked down a baseline jumper, and after a mini 3-0 run by the Mohigans, McCauley hit again with another jumper to bring the Bucs to within six, at 13-7, with 2:29 left in the opening quarter.

The Mohigans, though, closed the quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 23-8 lead heading into the second quarter.

Morgantown scored the first six points of the second quarter for a 29-8 lead, but Zach White made a lay-up, Mason Hyre uncorked a 3-pointer and Jacob Loudin made two free throws for a 7-0 B-U run that closed the gap to 29-15 with 3:15 remaining in the half.

Hyre drained another 3-pointer, and after Cam Selders scored a lay-up for the Mohigans, Ryan Hurst came back with a leaner to cut the deficit to 11, at 31-20, with 1:55 left in the half.

Morgantown ended the half with a 9-0 run after some sloppy play by the Bucs and doubled up the Bucs at the intermission, at 40-20.

“We went small to try to get back into the game and it went well for us and shocked them a little bit,” noted Foster. “Some of the younger guys made some shots to cut it to 11, but then we make some dumb mistakes and threw it away.”

Selders began the third with a basket, but Hyre drained his third 3-pointer of the game to make it a 42-23 contest.

The Mohigans went on another run, this one an 8-0 jaunt for a 50-23 advantage with 3:55 remaining in the quarter.

A Ryan Strader free throw ended the run to make it a 50-24 contest, and after a basket and a free throw by Morgantown’s Carson Poffenberger and Lamar Haskins, Cutlip flipped in a jumper and Dawson Lilly knocked down a baseline jumper to make the score, 53-28.

Alex Rudy drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Morgantown a 56-28 lead going into the final quarter.

With Morgantown head coach David Tallman substituting freely in the final quarter, the Bucs won the last frame by a 19-16 score.

The closest the Bucs could get in the final quarter was 23 points following an old-fashioned 3-point play by Strader at the 6:16 mark, at 57-34.

The Bucs shot the ball at just a 32.6 clip, hitting on 15 of their 46 field goal attempts.

No B-U player reached double digits as Hyre led the team in scoring with nine points while Loudin, Lilly and Cutlip each had seven.

Morgantown, getting a lot of scoring underneath, shot 58.3 during the game connecting on 28 of their 48 field goals.

Rudy led the Mohigans with 14 points while Malone had 11 and Selders 10.

Morgantown improved to 14-9 and will play University tonight for the sectional crown after the Hawks beat Preston, 104-48.

The Buccaneers ended their year with a 9-14 record, a three-year improvement from last season.

Buckhannon-Upshur said good-bye to their two seniors — Lilly and Loudin — after the game.

“I am very proud of our two seniors for paving the way for us,” concluded Foster. “They will have a big part of our success next year.”

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur    8  12  8  19 – 47

Morgantown                23  17  16  16 – 72

Buckhannon-Upshur 47

Ryan Hurst 1-8 0-0 2, Jacob Loudin 1-1 4-4 7, Mason Hyre 3-6 0-0 9, Will McCauley 2-3 1-2 5, Tyler Sandreth 0-2 0-0 0, Dawson Lilly 2-12 3-3 7, Zach White 1-3 2-2 4, Ryan Strader 2-2 2-3 6, Brayden Cutlip 3-9 1-1 7. Totals 15-46 13-15 47.

Morgantown 72

Nick Malone 5-5 1-2 11, Cam Selders 5-10 0-0 10, Jaheim Felton 0-0 0-0 0, Mac McMillen 4-4 1-2 9, Luke Bechtel 1-2 0-0 2, Aaron Alvarez 1-1 2-2 4, Maxwell Washington 1-3 0-0 2, Alex Rudy 6-8 0-0 14, Garrett Haines 1-5 2-2 5, Carson Poffenberger 1-1 4-4 6, Lamar Haskins 2-4 1-4 5, Cameron Rice 0-2 2-2 2, Marquis Mauney 1-2 0-2 2, Alec Poland 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-48 13-20 72.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 3-6, Loudin 1-1, Sandreth 0-2, Hurst 0-5, Lilly 0-7. Totals 4-21; Morgantown: Rudy 2-3, Haines 1-5, Selders 0-1, Mauney 0-1. Totals 3-10.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 4, Hurst 3, Strader 3, Cutlip 3, McCauley 2, Lilly 2, White 2, Hyre 1, team 6, deadball 1. Totals 27; Morgantown: Malone 6, Haines 5, Bechtel 3, Rice 3, McMillen 2, Rudy 2, Poland 2, Selders 1, Alvarez 1, Washington 1, Haskins 1, team 2, deadball 4. Totals 33.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 2, Lilly 2, Hurst 1, Loudin 1. Totals 6; Morgantown: Malone 5, Selders 4, Felton 2, McMillen 2, Bechtel 1, Haines 1, Poffenberger 1, Mauney 1. Totals 17.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hurst 2, Loudin 2, Sandreth 1, Strader 1. Totals 6; Morgantown: Selders 3, Haskins 3, McMillen 2, Rudy 2, Haines 2, Poffenberger 1. Totals 13.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Lilly 1. Totals 1; Morgantown: Selders 1, Haines 1. Totals 2.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 12; Morgantown: 14.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 19; Morgantown: 10.

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