TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer basketball team will begin play in the post-season today when they travel to Morgantown for a Region I, Section II battle with the Mohigans.
The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Morgantown High.
Morgantown won the only contest between the two teams this season way back on Dec. 14, a 91-40 victory.
The Mohigans used their height and key-point shooting to defeat the Bucs as they made good on 13 of their 24 3-point shots and made 52 percent of their total field goals.
Morgantown will enter the game with a 13-9 record and are coming off a momentum-building win in their regular-season finale on the road at Wheeling Park this past Saturday, where they won a 45-44 contest.
“They are a talented group loaded with seniors,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “This is a group they look to, to win another state title.”
The Morgantown roster shows six seniors for this year’s team, including play-makers 6-6 center Nick Malone and 6-2 guard Cameron Selders.
“Selders is a talented play-maker as well that can score a lot of points on you quickly,” noted Foster.
Slowing down Malone though is going to be the key for the Bucs according to Foster.
“He is a big mismatch for us,” said Foster. “He dictates a lot of the game. We are going to have to push him out of the paint and make him shoot over top of us. If he gets inside and is able to use his body, we won’t be able to handle him or Morgantown.”
The Bucs will enter the game with a 9-13 record after a season-ending loss to Lewis County last Thursday.
“We just have to forget about that game, but in the big picture, that game may have helped us,” remarked Foster. “We have a lot of angry players right now. It kind of ignited a fire in us. We don’t want to be in that position again.”
During their December battle, sophomore forward Zach White led the Bucs with nine points and five rebounds.
Senior guard Dawson Lilly will lead the Bucs into battle with the Mohigans as the team’s top scorer, averaging 15.3 points per game.
Sophomore guard Ryan Hurst adds 12.6 points per game while junior center Brayden Cutlip averages 11.8 points per game.
Cutlip also leads the Bucs in rebounding with 7.7 caroms per game.
The Bucs will enter the post-season seeded fourth in the region.
Region I, Section 2
No. 4 Preston at No. 1 University, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Buckhannon-Upshur at No. 2 Morgantown, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 1
Championship at higher seed, 7 p.m.
Region I, Section 1
No. 3 Brooke at No. 2 John Marshall, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 1
Brooke/John Marshall winner at No. 1 Wheeling Park, 7 p.m.
2. Wheeling Park
5. John Marshall