Basketball Bucs get back on track with wins over Bees and Cougars


Bucs go on the road and demolish No. 11 Capital, 67-39

CHARLESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer basketball team had hit a rough patch of their season recently.

The Bucs had lost two of their last three games to top two opponents in Class AAAA and Class AAA and dropped out of the AP top 10 rankings.

It didn’t long take for the Bucs of head coach Travis Foster to right the ship though this week.

The Bucs went to East Fairmont on Wednesday and came away with a 52-41 win holding the Bees scoreless for a stretch of over 10 minutes of basketball between the second and third quarter, then in a game that was scheduled just the day before, they went to Charleston and dismantled the Class AAAA No. 11 team Capital by a 67-39 score.

“We had a great practice on Wednesday before the Capital game,” remarked Foster. “The team that I knew we had was back. They were dialed in and it carried over to the Capital game. We hadn’t been showing our true capabilities of late. Even in the East Fairmont win we let them dictate a slower pace and that kind of bogged us down offensively. But for us to go to Capital and knock them off at their place, it shows some good things of our program and how we are getting better.”

Against East Fairmont on Tuesday, it looked like the game was going to be a barnburner between the two teams as they were tied at 17-17 after the first quarter but the Bees slowed the game down as points were hard to come by the rest of the contest.

The Bucs fell behind early against the Bees by a 7-3 score but a 7-0 run behind a jumper from Harrison Walker and a lay-up and a three-pointer from Sterlin Thropp gave them a 10-7 lead.

A three-pointer by East Fairmont’s Carter Saunders tied the game at 10-10 and the two teams were tied at the end of the first at that 17-17 score.

The second quarter saw just a total of 15 points scored between the two teams as the game slowed to a crawl.

East Fairmont owned a 22-19 lead at the 5:17 mark of the quarter but the Bucs held them scoreless the rest of the half scoring eight unanswered points.

During the 8-0 run, Lamar Hurst dropped in four points while Zach White and Ryan Hurst each put in a basket.

That treated the Bucs to a 27-22 lead at intermission.

The Buc defense kept the Bees off the scoreboard for another five minutes to start the third quarter for an incredible 10 plus minutes of shutout basketball.

“I knew our defense was playing well, but I didn’t realize we held them scoreless for that long,” noted Foster.

The Bucs built their lead up to 16 points during this time, taking a 38-22 advantage.

As East Fairmont finally got their offense going, the Bucs went cold as the Bees closed the quarter on a 10-1 run to close the deficit to 39-32 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bees though weren’t able to get any closer than seven points in the final quarter.

Lamar Hurst sealed the win with a steal and a dunk from the baseline with 17 seconds remaining to give the Bucs the 52-41 win.

Lamar Hurst led the offense with a team-best 14 points and eight rebounds while Ryan Hurst added nine points.

Saunders scored a game-high 15 points for East Fairmont.

The Bucs trailed just once in their game with Capital and that was being down early, 2-0.

Ryan Hurst drained a three-pointer to give the Bucs a 3-2 lead and they were off and running.

Up 5-4, an 8-0 behind baskets from Lamar Hurst, Ryan Hurst, Walker and Josh Loudin, put the Bucs up by a 13-4 score and they went into the second quarter up 16-6.

The Bucs never took their foot off the gas pedal as Ryan Hurst started the second quarter with a pair of treys upping the B-U lead to 15, at 21-6

A lay-up by White gave the Bucs a 17-point lead, at 31-14 with two minutes left in the half, but Capital closed on a mini 4-0 run to make it a 31-18 game at the break.

A 6-2 run by Capital closed it to a nine-point game, at 33-24, but the Bucs put the Cougars down for good with an 11-0 runmfor a dominating 44-24 advantage.

The Bucs owned a 46-26 lead heading into the final quarter.

B-U continued to widen their lead as an 8-0 run gave them a 57-31 lead.

Their biggest lead was 30 when Noam Keith grabbed a rebound and put it back in to make it a 67-37 score near the end of the game.

“All of our mistakes, we are understanding finally how to fix them,” said Foster. “This win was a sign of that. We are starting to believe in our defense. When our traps are working, we can really frustrate a good basketball team with it.”

Ryan Hurst scored a game-high 15 points while Walker added 14.

Elijah Poore paced Capital with 10 points.

Capital was just 1-for-18 from behind the three-point arc.

“The win is huge,” concluded Foster. “Every win is big but to win in an area like Charleston and get some state recognition is special. We were finally able to get over that hump and not be scared to play.”

The two wins gave the Bucs a 6-3 record heading into Tuesday’s road game with University.

The game will start at 7:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur                                                                  17  10  12  13 – 52

East Fairmont                                                                                17  5  10  9 – 41

Buckhannon-Upshur 52

Lamar Hurst 6-9 2-2 14; Ryan Hurst 4-11 0-0 9; Zach White 4-5 0-0 8; Sterlin Thropp 3-6 0-1 8; Josh Loudin 4-4 0-2 8; Harrison Walker 1-7 1-2 3; Will McCauley 1-3 0-0 2; Noam Keith 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 23-46 3-8 52.

East Fairmont 41

Carter Saunders 6-15 2-5 15; Josh Moore 3-14 0-0 9; Evan Parr 4-12 0-1 9; Connor Tingler 1-1 0-0 3; Adam Earls 1-2 0-0 2; A. J. Copenhaver 0-1 2-2 2; Seth Cochran 0-4 1-2 1; Austin Vincent 0-1 0-0 0; Charlie Hulderman 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 15-54 5-10 41.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Thropp 2-4; R. Hurst 1-8; L. Hurst 0-1; Walker 0-1. Totals 3-14; East Fairmont: Moore 3-11; Tingler 1-1; Saunders 1-4; Parr 1-4; Cochran 0-1. Totals 6-21.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 8; White 7; Thropp 4; Walker 4; Keith 4; McCauley 3; Loudin 3; team 2; R. Hurst 2; deadball 1. Totals 39; East Fairmont: Hulderman 7; team 7; Saunders 4; Moore 3; Parr 3; Earls 3; Copenhaver 3; Vincent 1; Cochran 1; deadball 1. Totals 33.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 4; Walker 3; R. Hurst 2; Loudin 2. Totals 11; East Fairmont: Moore 2; Cochran 2; Parr 2; Saunders 1; Hulderman 1; Earls 1. Totals 9.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 1; Thropp 1; L. Hurst 1; Walker 1. Totals 4; East Fairmont: Cochran 2; Saunders 1; Hulderman 1. Totals 4.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 2; Loudin 1. Totals 3; East Fairmont: Saunders 1. Totals 1.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 13; East Fairmont: 11.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 16: East Fairmont: 12.

Buckhannon-Upshur                                                                  15  6  15  21 – 67

Capital                                                                                              6  12  8  13 – 39

Buckhannon-Upshur 67

Ryan Hurst 6-15 0-0 15; Harrison Walker 5-10 4-5 14; Will McCauley 4-4 3-3 11; Lamar Hurst 4-6 0-0 9; Zach White 4-9 0-0 8; Josh Loudin 2-4 0-0 4; Sterlin Thropp 2-5 0-0 4; Noam Keith 1 0-0 2; Zach Calef-Boring 0 1-0 0; Oliver King 0-0 0-0 0; Shelton Thropp 0-0 0-0 0; Wilbur Snider 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 7-9 67.

Capital 39

Elijah Poore 5-12 0-0 10; K’cion Welch 3-12 0-0 7; Maki Cary 3-7 0-0 6; Shawn Jones 2-6 0-0 4; Jaylen Symns 2 0-0 4; Anthony Hersh 1-5 0-0 2; Garrett Stuck 0-3 2-4 2; Taeshuan Hines 1 0-0 2; Jacques Loveless 1-2 0-0 2; Jacaqi Long 0-4 0-0 0; Naquan Carter 0-0 0-0 0; Ben Jenkins 0 0-0 0; Jerome Whitfield 0-0 0-0 0; Za’shawn Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 2-4 39.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 3-5; L. Hurst 1-1; Thropp 0-2; Walker 0-2. Totals 4-10; Capital: Welch 1-4; Stuck 0-1; Loveless 0-1; Cary 0-2; Long 0-4; Poore 0-6. Totals 1-18.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: White 8; McCauley 7; L. Hurst 6; Thropp 5; Walker 4; Keith 4; Loudin 4; team 1; deadball 1. Totals 40; Capital: Jones 6; Stuck 4; Welch 4; Long 3; team 2; Hines 2; Carter 2; Poore 1; Cary 1; Symns 1; Whitfield 1; deadball 1. Totals 28.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 6; Walker 5; White 3; Thropp 1; McCauley 1; L. Hurst 1. Totals 17; Capital: Stuck 3; Poore 2; Hersh 1; Cary 1; Long 1. Totals 8.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 4; Thropp 1; McCauley 1; Walker 1; White 1. Totals 8; Capital: Poore 2; Stuck 2; Welch 1; Loveless 1; Jones 1; Long 1. Totals 8.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: None; Capital: Poore 1; Welch 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 14; Capital: 15.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 11; Capital: 13.

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