Basketball Bucs beat Grafton, 73-63; fall to No. 1 AA North Marion by 11

Will McCauley (5) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers goes up strong in front of North Marion’s Michael Garrett (20) during the first half of their Big 10 Conference contest Wednesday night. McCauley had six points and five rebounds, but the Bucs lost to the Class AA No. 1 team by a 68-57 score.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer basketball team used a 17-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Grafton Bearcats for a 73-63 victory at the high school gym.

The Bucs led by as many as 25 points but let Grafton hit seven-three pointers in a 30-point fourth quarter as they narrowed the B-U lead down to eight late, but the game was never in any doubt for the Bucs.

“We were able to switch up on defenses and really confuse Grafton,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster during the Bucs’ 17-0 run. “With our length, they weren’t really ready for our change of defenses.”

The game was also the unofficial home opener for the Bucs as they played their first two home contests at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Down 3-1 early, Lamar Hurst put in four straight points and Ryan Hurst put in a lay-up to treat the Bucs to a 7-3 advantage with four minutes gone in the first quarter.

A put back by Will McCauley gave the Bucs a 12-6 lead, but North Marion closed the quarter on a 5-2 run to make it a 14-11 contest.

That is when the Bucs took over the contest with 17 straight points to start the second quarter.

Ryan Hurst had a lay-up and Josh Loudin followed with two inside baskets, Lamar Hurst canned a three-pointer and Loudin came back putting in a rebound to give the Bucs a 25-11 advantage.

Ryan Hurst kept the run going with a lay-up, Lamar Hurst scored in the paint and Ryan Strader knocked down two free throws to cap the run giving the Bucs a 31-11 lead with 1:51 left in the half.

Jack Faulkiner finally ended the Buckhannon-Upshur run for Bearcats with a hoop at the 1:39 mark making it a 31-13 contest.

The Bucs went into the break up by 18, at 33-15.

Grafton started the third quarter on a 9-6 run to close the gap to 39-24, but Zach White turned in an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Bucs back up by 18, at 42-24, with two minutes elapsed.

Leading 45-29, the Bucs scored nine straight with White scoring from underneath, Lamar Hurst turning in a three-point play and Strader and White scoring on a pair of lay-ups.

That gave the Bucs their biggest lead of the game, at 25 points, with 1:32 remaining in the third.

Grafton scored the final four points of the game to make it a 54-33 contest heading into the final quarter

Ryan Maier got hot for the Bearcats to start the fourth quarter hitting three treys in the first two minutes to bring Grafton back to within 13, at 57-44.

Grafton kept the momentum going with a 6-2 run over the next two minutes closing the gap to just nine, at 59-50.

Lamar Hurst put in a lay-up, but Faulkiner hit another three for Grafton making it just an eight-point game, at 61-53, with 3:02 left in the game.

Loudin scored a three-point play and Ryan Hurst went in the paint for a lay-up extending the B-U lead back to 13 with 2:18 remaining.

The Bucs were still up by 10, at 68-58, when Loudin slammed one down and was fouled on his dunk. He made the free throw to up the lead to 12, at 70-58, with 1:05 left.

Grafton again cut it down to eight with a 5-1 run that made it a 71-63 contest, but Lamar Hurst put the contest away with a monster dunk to end the game.

“We are young and still learning,” stated Foster about the Bucs giving up 30 fourth-quarter points to Grafton. “It’s frustrating that we weren’t able to put them away but it’s good that we won. We have to learn how to take care of the ball and have better game management. That is something that we are struggling with right now. Against a good shooting team like Grafton, we have to know where we are at in the game. I think that shows our youth.”

Lamar Hurst led the Bucs with 22 points while Ryan Hurst added 19 and White 13.

Faulkiner led Grafton with 23 points while Ryan Maier had 21.

“All-in-all it was a great night for B-U basketball,” stated Foster. “We had a great crowd tonight and the team really enjoyed that, having the ability to show off their hard work to the community that they are putting into the season.”

Two days before on Wednesday, the Bucs made a trip to Rachel to play the No. 1 team in Class AA – the North Marion Huskies.

The Bucs dropped a 68-57 decision to North Marion.

The game was tied at 14-14 after one quarter of action in Rachel.

With North Marion leading 21-16, McCauley put in a jumper and White scored a lay-up to make it one-point game, at 21-20, with 5:05 left in the half.

With the Bucs down 26-20, Ryan Hurst scored on consecutive possessions to pull the visitors to within two, at 26-24, with two minutes left in the half.

A 5-2 run by the Huskies to end the half gave them a 31-26 lead at the break.

A leaner by Strader kept the Bucs within four, at 38-34, with two minutes gone in the third quarter.

North Marion started to pull away at this point as they ended the quarter on a 14-7 run taking a 52-41 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Mason Hyre scored a three-pointer for the Bucs with 26 seconds gone in the final quarter to close it to a 10-point game, at 54-44, but the Bucs couldn’t get any closer.

North Marion went on a 14-3 run putting the game out of reach, at 68-47.

The Bucs closed the game with 10 unanswered points.

“We just came out sluggish against North Marion,” stated Foster. “We are good enough to beat top teams but our youth showed again. My hats off to North Marion because they took us out of our game plan.”

White led the scoring effort from the Bucs with 13 points while Ryan Hurst had 10.

Gunner Murphy led North Marion with 27 points.

The split left the Bucs with a 6-3 record overall and a 3-2 mark in the Big 10 Conference.

They will return to action Wednesday when they travel to Liberty for a 7:30 conference game.

The boxscores:

Buckhannon-Upshur                                                   14  12  15  16 – 57

North Marion                                                             14  17  21  16 – 68

Buckhannon-Upshur 57

Zach White 6-12 1-3 13; Ryan Hurst 4-13 1-2 10; Lamar Hurst 2-3 3-5 9; Mason Hyre 3-3 0-0 8; Will McCauley 3-8 0-0 6; Ryan Strader 2-5 1-3 5; Josh Loudin 1-3 0-0 2; Sterlin Thropp 1-1 0-0 2; Tyler Sandreth 1-1 0-0 2; Euan Kettle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-49 6-13 57.

North Marion 68

Preston Williams 0-0 0-0 0; Tariq Miller 2-9 0-0 4; Cruz Tobin 1-7 0-0 2; Ethan Darden 0-0 0-0 0; Parker Kincell 0 0-0 0; Malachi Funkhouser 0-0 0-0 0; Logan Baker 1-1 0-0 3; Gunner Murphy 9-23 4-4 27; Michael Garrett 7-12 0-0 14; Praise Chukwudozie 7-7 3-4 18; Jarrett Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-59 7-8 68.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 2-2; L. Hurst 2-2; R. Hurst 1-4. Totals 5-9; North Marion: Murphy 5-7; Baker 1-1; Miller 0-2; Tobin 0-3. Totals 6-13.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: McCauley 5; White 5; Strader 5; Loudin 4; R. Hurst 4; deadball 4; team 3; Hyre 2; L. Hurst 2; Totals 34; North Marion: Chukwudozie 11; Murphy 10; Garrett 7; Tobin 2; Miller 1; team 1. Totals 32.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 8; McCauley 1; Hyre 1; L. Hurst 1; Kettle 1. Totals 12; North Marion: Tobin 6; Miller 2; Darden 1; Chukwudozie 1. Totals 10.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 2; Sandreth 1; White 1; Strader 1. Totals 5; North Marion: Miller 4; Tobin 3; Murphy 1; Chukwudozie 1. Totals 9.

Blocks – Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 2; Strader 2; Hyre 1; McCauley 1. Totals 6; North Marion: Gar-rett 4; Chukwudozie 4. Totals 8.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 16; North Marion 10.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 10; North Marion 10.

Grafton                                                                           11  4  18  30 – 63

Buckhannon-Upshur                                                   14  19  21  19 – 73

Grafton 63

Jack Faulkiner 8-16 4-9 23; Ryan Maier 7-19 1-3 21; Kaden Delaney 4-8 0-0 8; Matt Gallo 2-7 0-0 5; Joey Charlton 1-2 2-2 4; Logan Beltner 1-2 0-0 2; Isaiah Stottlemyer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 7-14 63

Buckhannon-Upshur 73

Lamar Hurst 8-15 5-5 22; Ryan Hurst 8-16 0-0 19; Zach White 5-10 4-8 13; Josh Loudin 5-7 0-0 10; Ryan Strader 1-3 3-5 5; Will McCauley 2-4 0-0 4; Mason Hyre 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 12-18 73.

Three-point field goals – Grafton: Maier 6-12 Faulkiner 3-5; Gallo 1-5; Beltner 0-1; Moats 0-1. Totals 10-24; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hyrst 3-5; L. Hurst 1-4; Hyre 0-3. Totals 4-12.

Rebound totals – Grafton: 36; Buckhannon-Upshur: 41.

Assist totals – Grafton: 8; Buckhannon-Upshur: 15.

Steal totals – Grafton: 5; Buckhannon-Upshur: 7.

Blocked shots – Grafton: Faulkiner 1. Totals 1; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 1; L. Hurst 1; Strader 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – Grafton: 9; Buckhannon-Upshur: 11.

Personal fouls – Grafton: 15; Buckhannon-Upshur: 14.

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