TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers ran into a hot-shooting Robert C. Byrd Eagles team while struggling to find their own shot in a 66-42 setback in their contest Thursday night at the high school.
The Eagles showed why they are the number one team in Class AAA as they shot 55 percent making good on 28 of their 51 field goals.
Robert C. Byrd extended their winning streak to 24 games.
The Bucs were originally scheduled to play North Marion, but when their team got quarantined, the Bucs and Eagles decided to move up their March 25th game to Thursday night.
The Bucs entered the contest winners of their first two games but were simply unable to keep up with the athletic Eagles, but what disappointed Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster was how his team handled their first adversity of the year.
“We felt good coming into the game, and we thought we matched up well with them,” remarked Foster. “Things didn’t go our way though and I was more disappointed with how we reacted as a team. When things get frustrating, we just have to fight through it rather than implode within ourselves and into each other. We all make mistakes and the worst thing to do is not to play through that mistake with energy. I was disappointed with the body language that we showed when we got down. That isn’t like us and that isn’t the program that we are. We will fix it though. No one is more disappointed than the team right now.”
The Bucs went down early by a 12-4 score but a timeout by Foster put his team back on track as they ended the quarter on a 9-2 run.
Ryan Hurst started the run unleashing a three-pointer and Will McCauley followed with a lay-up.
Following an Eagle basket, Lamar Hurst made a lay-up, McCauley scored from underneath and Josh Loudin went inside for two points as the Bucs took a 15-14 lead after one-quarter of play.
Lamar Hurst began the second quarter with a free throw, but the Eagles scored two straight baskets to retake the lead, at 18-16.
Loudin scored from the paint again and Lamar Hurst put in a lay-up to return the lead to the Bucs, at 20-18, with 6:17 left in the half.
That is when it went south for the Bucs as they failed to score over the next six minutes allowing Robert C. Byrd to take control of the game with an 18-0 run for a 36-20 advantage.
Loudin finally ended the B-U’s scoreless streak and the half with a short jumper, making it a 36-20 contest at the intermission.
“We were working the ball and killing them in the post early on taking the lead, but then we got away from that for some reason,” noted Foster.
Down 42-26, the Bucs rattled off six straight points behind two free throws from McCauley and lay-ups from Zach White and Lamar Hurst to bring the Bucs to within 13, at 45-32, with 3:01 remaining in the third quarter but they could never get any closer.
The Eagles closed the quarter on a 12-0 run for a 57-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter and went on to take the game by 24 points, at 66-42.
“We are still fighting that battle of being scared of a ranking,” concluded Foster about the Eagles’ number one ranking. “We worry about that instead of just playing the game.”
Robert C. Byrd improved to 2-0 on the season.
They were led by Gavin Kennedy who scored 21 points and Jeremiah King who put in 20.
Lamar Hurst was the only player to reach double digits for the Bucs as he scored a team-high 15 points.
White added eight points and 11 rebounds while McCauley and Loudin also chipped in with eight points.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bucs (2-1) as they host Class AAAA No. 7 Parkersburg South today at 7 p.m. and then visit Class AAAA No. 1 Morgantown Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Robert C. Byrd 14 22 21 9 – 66
Buck.-Upshur 15 7 10 10 – 42
Robert C. Byrd 66
Gavin Kennedy 9-14 0-0 21; Jeremiah King 10-13 2-3 20; Bryson Lucas 4-8 0-2 10; Thomas Hawkins 3-9 0-0 7; Blake Meighen 1-5 2-2 4; Francis Lopez 1-2 0-0 3; Brayden Thomason 0-0 1-2 1; Nathaniel Junkins 0-0 0-0 0; Nick Edwards 0-0 0-0 0; Quinten Cooley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-51 4-7 66.
Lamar Hurst 6-13 3-4 15; Will McCauley 2-4 4-5 8 Zach White 4-8 0-2 8; Josh Loudin 4-6 0-0 8; Ryan Hurst 1-7 0-0 3; Sterlin Thropp 0-1 0-0 0; Harrison Walker 0-5 0-0 0; Noam Keith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-45 7-12 42.
Three-point field goals – Robert C. Byrd: Kennedy 3-6; Lucas 2-2; Lopez 1-1; Hawkins 0-3; Meighen 0-4. Totals 6-16; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 1-4; Thropp 0-1; McCauley 0-1; Keith 0-1; L. Hurst 0-2; Walker 0-2. Totals 1-11.
Rebounds – Robert C. Byrd: Lucas 8; King 8; team 3; Kennedy 2; Meighen 2; deadball 2; Lopez 1; Hawkins 1. Totals 27; Buckhannon-Upshur: White 11; L. Hurst 6; R. Hurst 5; McCauley 2; Loudin 2; team 2; deadball 2; Thropp 1; Walker 1. Totals 32.
Assists – Robert C. Byrd: Hawkins 4; King 2; Lucas 2; Lopez 1; Kennedy 1; Meighen1. Totals 11; Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 4; R. Hurst 1; McCauley 1; Walker 1. Totals 7.
Steals – Robert C. Byrd: Lopez 1; Lucas 1; Meighen 1; Hawkins 1. Totals 4; Buckhannon-Upshur: Thropp 1. Totals 1.
Blocked shots – Robert C. Byrd: Lucas 2. Totals 2; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 1; L. Hurst 1. Totals 2.
Turnovers – Robert C. Byrd: 6; Buckhannon-Upshur: 13.
Personal fouls – Robert C. Byrd: 12; Buckhannon-Upshur: 15.