WESTON – No clock shenanigans this time.
It was just a straight-ahead dominating performance for the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers when they battled the Lewis County Minutemen Monday in a Big 10 Conference battle at Lewis County High School.
The Bucs led from start-to-finish in a 64-36 romp over the Minutemen.
It was a measure of revenge for the Bucs who dropped a 48-47game last year in Weston in controversial fashion in the final 1.8 seconds of the contest.
Ryan Hurst again led the charge for the B-U offense scoring 29 points. That followed up a 27-point performance in their last game against Riverside.
“Ryan is a competitor,” said Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “He has a motor that won’t stop. What people don’t realize about Ryan is his work ethic. He was an all-state soccer player. Following a soccer game, he would come to the weight room and lift for basketball. He was there 95 percent of the time in our off-season workouts.
“Once he understood where the gaps and holes are in the defense, that became big for us because he is deadly from inside eight feet. The best thing about Ryan is he makes other players better. He gets everyone involved in the game.”
The Bucs scored the first 12 points of the game as Ryan Strader scored on a put back to get things going, Zach White turned in an old-fashioned three-point play after being fouled up his basket, and then Ryan Hurst dropped in seven straight points as the Bucs took a 12-0 lead with 3:48 showing on the first-quarter clock.
“It was really important that we started quick for a change,” remarked Foster. “One of the things we need to fix this season is getting off to a quick start in games. We decided to back off our press and getting ourselves out of position early on. So, we relaxed off the ball and let everyone get back into position at the start.”
Lewis County made their only serious run of the game in the final three minutes of the first quarter as they scored the next eight points to make it a 12-8 contest after eight minutes of action.
Lamar Hurst scored a three-point play with a lay-up and foul shot and Will McCauley scored after grabbing a rebound to up the B-U lead to 17-8 one minute into the second quarter.
Will Hunt put in a basket for Lewis County, but McCauley and Hurst put in consecutive lay-ups for the Bucs to up their lead to 21-10.
Vinnie Snuffer downed two free throws to make it a 21-12 game with three minutes left, but the Bucs scored the final seven points of the half.
Ryan Hurst scored on a lay-up and then drained a three-pointer and Josh Loudin closed the half with a basket in the paint as the Bucs took a 28-12 lead at the intermission.
Ryan Hurst put in the first two baskets of the third quarter as the Bucs took a 20-point lead, at 32-12.
Lewis County went on a 10-4 run to close the B-U lead down to 14, at 36-22, with 2:47 remaining in the quarter.
B-U held a 16-point lead at the end of the third quarter, up 41-25.
White scored a basket to start the final canto giving the Bucs a 43-25 lead, but Lewis County went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to 45-32 with five minutes left to play.
The Bucs put the game away with a 7-0 run when McCauley scored on a put back, White put in a free throw, McCauley scored on a short jumper and White made a lay-up.
That gave the Bucs a 52-32 lead with 3:33 left to play.
Following a basket by Kyle Gannon, the Bucs went on another 7-0 run when McCauley made four free throws sandwiched between a trey by Lamar Hurst.
That upped the B-U lead to 59-34 with two minutes remaining.
The Bucs ended the game on a 5-2 run.
Following Ryan Hurst in the scoring column for the Bucs were McCauley with 12 and Lamar Hurst with 11.
The Bucs owned a dominant 47-25 advantage in rebounding.
Hunt led Lewis County with seven points.
The B-U defense limited Lewis County to just a 25 percent shooting night making 12 of their 48 field goal attempts.
The 36 points was Lewis County’s lowest offensive output of the season.
“We just played with a lot of heart on defense and covered the passing lanes,” stated Foster. “We put a guy on (Kyle) Gannon, we weren’t going to let him beat us. We worked hard on hedging and ball screens and really taking that away from them.”
Lewis County dropped to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the Big 10 Conference.
The Bucs, winners of five straight, now own a 5-2 mark overall and a 2-1 ledger in Big 10 play.
The Bucs were slated to face Class AA No. 1 North Marion Wednesday night.
They will return to action on Friday when they host Grafton at 7:30 p.m.
Buckhannon-Upshur 12 16 13 23 – 64
Lewis County 8 4 13 11 – 36
Ryan Hurst 12-19 3-4 29; Will McCauley 4-10 4-4 12; Lamar Hurst 4-10 2-3 11; Zach White 3-7 2-3 8; Ryan Strader 1-2 0-0 2; Josh Loudin 1-2 0-0 2; Mason Hyre 0-3 0-0 0; Tyler Sandreth 0-2 0-0 0; Noam Keith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 11-14 64.
Lewis County 36
Will Hunt 2-12 3-4 7; Kyle Gannon 2-13 1-2 6; Jacob Carder 2-4 0-0 6; Nic Kuhn 2-4 1-1 5; Asa Post 1-7 2-2 4; Vinnie Snuffer 1-3 2-2 4; Jared Griffith 1-2 0-0 2; Jacob Heater 1-2 0-0 2; Jaycob Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Ben Jerden 0-1 0-0 0; Adam Watson 0-0 0-0 0; Hunter Heath 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-48 9-11 36.
Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 2-3; L. Hurst 1-2; McCauley 0-1; Sandreth 0-1; Keith 0-1; Hyre 0-3. Totals 3-11; Lewis County: Carder 2-4; Gannon 1-7; Hunt 0-3; Jerden 0-1; Griffith 0-1. Totals 3-16.
Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: McCauley 11; R. Hurst 7; Loudin 6; White 5; Hyre 4; L. Hurst 4; Strader 4; deadball 3; team 2; Keith 1. Totals 47; Lewis County: Post 7; Hunt 3; Carder 3; team 3; Kuhn 2; Heater 2; Snuffer 2; deadball 2; Gannon 1. Totals 25.
Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 3; Hyre 2; L. Hurst 2; Loudin 2; Strader 1. Totals 10; Lewis County: Hunt 1; Post 1; Gannon 1; Snuffer 1. Totals 4.
Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 3; McCauley 3; L. Hurst 2; White 1; Strader 1; Loudin 1. Totals 11; Lewis County: Snuffer 4; Hunt 2; Griffith 1; Gannon 1. Totals 8.
Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 3; L. Hurst 1. Totals 4; Lewis County: None.
Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 18; Lewis County: 18.
Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 13; Lewis County: 14.