TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer basketball program picked up a statement win early in the season as they downed the No. 7 Parkersburg South Patriots Saturday night by a 65-62 score at the high school gym.
In a reoccurring theme for the Bucs this year, they almost let this one get away from them after building a comfortable lead.
The Bucs had built a 14-point lead at the break and led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth quarter only to watch Parkersburg South cut the deficit to one with 31 seconds remaining.
The Bucs were able to hang on though for a three-point win.
“I think our game management improved,” stated Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “It didn’t get a ton better, but we are still understanding how to keep a lead. A lot of that comes from maturity. We were frustrated at how we have played at times letting leads get away from us and how we played against Robert C. Byrd on Thursday. It exposed some of our weaknesses and we are teaching the players that we have to get better at doing the little things right. Game management is one of them – making our free throws, not taking bad shots or turning the ball over at crucial times.”
Devin Gaines made a lay-up to give the Patriots their only lead of the game, at 8-6, but following a B-U time out, the Bucs went on a 7-0 run with Will McCauley hitting consecutive baskets and Sterlin Thropp nailing a three-pointer to give the Bucs a 13-8 advantage.
Parkersburg South ended the quarter on a 4-0 run making it a 13-12 game heading into the second quarter.
The Bucs dominated the second quarter outscoring the Patriots by a 26-13 margin.
With the game tied at 15-15, the Bucs went on another 7-0 run with Harrison Walker making a jumper in the paint and McCauley canning a jumper and a three-pointer to stake the Bucs to a 22-15 advantage with 6:15 left in the half.
With the Bucs up 29-21, Lamar Hurst drained a jumper and Ryan Hurst uncorked a trey pushing the hosts’ lead out to 13, at 34-21.
The Bucs went into the intermission up by a 39-25 score.
Ryan Hurst darted inside for a lay-up pushing the Bucs’ lead to 16, at 43-27, but Parkersburg South went on a 7-0 run cutting the advantage down to nine, at 43-34, with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
The Bucs countered with a 6-0 run before Parkersburg South’s Ashton Mooney made a lay-up at the third-quarter buzzer.
Buckhannon-Upshur owned a 49-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Josh Loudin made a lay-up just 20 seconds into the final quarter and McCauley scored on a jumper giving the Bucs their biggest lead of the game at 17 points, at 53-36.
Parkersburg South staged their comeback outscoring the Bucs by a 22-6 margin over the next six minutes and cut the deficit to one, at 59-58, with 42 seconds left to play.
Lamar Hurst stepped to the line and calmly drained two free throws but Jyles Johnson was left unguarded under the Patriot basket for an easy lay-up making it a 61-60 game with 31 seconds left.
A free throw by Ryan Hurst gave B-U a 62-60 lead and McCauley grabbed the rebound on the second free throw attempt by Hurst and was fouled, sending him to the line where he made one of two to give the Bucs a 63-60 advantage with 25 seconds remaining.
McCauley made a huge steal saving a ball from going out of bounds, hustled back down the court and took a pass from Lamar Hurst and laid it in giving B-U a five-point lead, at 65-60 with 12 seconds left.
Jake Hogsett scored a lay-up for the Patriots with seconds left but the Bucs held on for the three-point win.
McCauley led the Bucs in scoring with 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his first start of the season.
“We have been waiting for Will’s confidence to rise,” noted Foster. “We decided to give him some minutes and let him go.”
Walker had 14 points while Loudin had a double-double for the Bucs with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Mooney led the Patriots with 17 points.
“We were embarrassed by how we played against Robert C. Byrd,” concluded Foster. “We didn’t have a good showing against them last Thursday. We came in upset and frustrated. We wanted to show people who we are with this game against Parkersburg South.”
The Bucs were slated to play Morgantown Monday night and will return to the court today as they host Liberty at 7:30 p.m.
Parkersburg South 12 13 11 26 – 62
Buck.-Upshur 13 26 10 16 – 65
Parkersburg South 62
Ashton Mooney 8-16 0-0 17; Jake Hogsett 5-11 3-7 15; Jyles Johnson 5-8 1-1 11; Caleb Shaffer 3-6 3-6 9; Colton Parsons 1-2 0-2 3; Brady McMullen 1-3 0-0 2; Devin Gaines 1-4 0-0 2; Levi Rice 1-2 0-0 2; Devin Hershberger 0-0 1-3 1; Riley Street 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 8-19 62.
Will McCauley 7-11 1-2 16; Harrison Walker 5-7 2-7 14; Josh Loudin 6-10 0-0 12; Ryan Hurst 4-13 1-2 10; Lamar Hurst 2-3 2-2 6; Zach White 1-2 2-2 4; Sterlin Thropp 1-1 0-1 3; Noam Keith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-47 8-16 65.
Three-point field goals – Parkersburg South: Hogsett 2-6; Parsons 1-1; Mooney 1-4; Johnson 0-1; Gaines 0-2; McMullen 0-2. Totals 4-16; Buckhannon-Upshur: Walker 2-4; Thropp 1-1; McCauley 1-1; R. Hurst 1-4. Totals 5-10.
Rebounds – Parkersburg South: deadball 6; Mooney 5; Johnson 5; team 4; McMullen 2; Hershberger 2; Parsons 1; Hogsett 1; Gaines 1. Totals 27; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 11; McCauley 8; Thropp 6; R. Hurst 4; White 3; deadball 3; team 2; Keith 2; L. Hurst 1. Totals 40.
Assists – Parkersburg South: Mooney 4; Hogsett 2; Shaffer 2; Gaines 2; Rice 1; Johnson 1. Totals 12; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 5; Loudin 4; L. Hurst 2; Walker 2; McCauley 1. Totals 14.
Steals – Parkersburg South: Gaines 3; Mooney 2; Street 2; Hogsett 1; Shaffer 1; Johnson 1. Totals 10; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 3; Loudin 2; Thropp 1; McCauley 1; Walker 1. Totals 8.
Blocked shots – Parkersburg South: None; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 2; McCauley 1; L. Hurst 1. Totals 4.
Turnovers – Parkersburg South: 14; Buckhannon-Upshur: 23.
Personal fouls – Parkersburg South: 16: Buckhannon-Upshur: 18.