TENNERTON – Another Buckhannon-Upshur – Lewis County basketball game, another dramatic finish.
In this edition of the Route 33 rivalry, the Bucs were trailing by a 58-57 score with 16 seconds remaining after a put back by Ryan Strader.
Lewis County inbounded the ball and the Bucs immediately fouled, but it was only the sixth foul of the half forcing the Minutemen to inbound the ball once again instead of going to the free throw line.
Lewis County inbounded the ball again, but the Bucs’ Zach White stole a pass down the floor by the Minutemen and Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster called a time out with 8.4 seconds remaining.
As the Bucs were working the ball around the top of the key, it was kicked out of bounds by Lewis County giving the Bucs an inbounds pass from the sideline with 2.9 seconds remaining.
The Bucs worked the ball to Ryan Strader at the top of the key and he drove into the lane.
His shot was blocked as contact was made between the two players but no call was made at the buzzer as the Minutemen held on for the one-point win.
It was a disappointing end of the regular season for the Bucs as they finished the regular season with a 12-10 record.
Leading early 6-4, Josh Loudin put in a basket and Ryan Strader knocked down two foul shots to give the Bucs a 10-4 lead with 3:50 left in the opening quarter.
A 5-0 Lewis County run closed the game to 10-9, but Harrison Walker put in a jumper in the paint and Lamar Hurst nailed a baseline jumper giving the Bucs a 14-9 lead.
Jaycob Smith knocked down two free throws for Lewis County to wrap up the first-quarter scoring making it a 14-11 contest.
Two Ryan Hurst free throws kept the Bucs ahead by three, at 21-18, with 3:47 remaining in the half.
Lewis County took their first lead of the game with a 5-0 run, holding a 23-21 advantage, with 1:54 left in the half.
Two more free throws by Hurst ended the run and deadlocked the game at 23-23, but the Minutemen closed the half on a 6-2 run taking a 29-25 advantage at the half.
Lewis County scored the first four points of the second half extending their lead to 33-25.
The Bucs answered with a 12-0 run.
Walker canned a jumper in the paint, Lamar Hurst and Loudin put in lay-ups, Lamar Hurst came back and downed two free throws and Strader scored on a baseline jumper and two free throws as the Bucs retook the lead, at 37-33, with 2:27 left in the third quarter.
A three-pointer by Kyle Gannon gave the lead back to Lewis County, at 39-37, but Loudin put in a rebound and Zach White made a lay-up to wrap up the third-quarter scoring treating the Bucs to a 41-39 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The two teams traded the lead back and forth to start the fourth quarter and Lewis County took a 51-47 lead with 3:55 remaining following a three-pointer by Will Hunt.
Lamar Hurst and Ryan Hurst put in baskets for the Bucs tying the game at 51-51 with 2:15 left.
A lay-up by Lewis County’s Asa Post and a trey from Gannon returned the lead to Minutemen, giving them a 56-51 lead with 1:23 remaining.
Strader scored on a put back but Hunt answered with his own basket keeping the Bucs down by five, at 58-53, with 60 seconds remaining.
Strader put in a layup with 51 seconds left and scored on a jumper with 16 seconds left leaving the Bucs down by one before the wild finish.
Strader, the lone senior on the team, was honored as part of “Senior Night” ceremonies before the game.
He led the Bucs in scoring with 14 points.
He was followed by Loudin who scored 10.
Hunt had a game-high 23 points while Post had 17.
Lewis County improved to 7-15 on the season.
The Bucs will now advance to the post season where they will face Morgantown in their sectional opener Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Morganton.
Lewis County 11 18 10 19 – 58
Buckhannon-Upshur 14 11 16 16 – 57
Lewis County 58
Will Hunt 8-14 4-5 23; Asa Post 8-12 1-2 17; Kyle Gannon 4-15 4-4 14; Vinnie Snuffer 1-2 0-0 2; Jaycob Smith 0-2 2-2 2; Jeremiah Cruz 0-1 0-0 0; Nic Kuhn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 11-13 58.
Ryan Strader 5-8 4-5 14; Josh Loudin 5-7 0-0 10; Lamar Hurst 3-6 3-4 9; Ryan Hurst 2-8 4-6 8; Harrison Walker 4-7 0-0 8; Zach White 2-4 0-0 4; Will McCauley 1-4 0-0 2; Noam Keith 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-46 11-15 57.
Three-point field goals – Lewis County: Hunt 3-5; Gannon 2-7; Cruz 0-1; Smith 0-2. Totals 5-15; Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 0-1; McCauley 0-2; Walker 0-2; R. Hurst 0-4. Totals 0-9.
Rebounds – Lewis County: Post 7; team 7; Hunt 4; Kuhn 2; Smith 1; Gannon 1; Snuffer 1; deadball 1. Totals 24; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 12; team 5; Strader 4; McCauley 3; R. Hurst 2; L. Hurst 1; Walker 1; Keith 1; White 1; deadball 1. Totals 31.
Assists – Lewis County: Post 3; Hunt 2; Kuhn 2; Smith 1. Totals 8; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 4; Walker 3; R. Hurst 2; McCauley 1; White 1. Totals 11.
Steals – Lewis County: Kuhn 3; Hunt 3. Totals 6; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 2; McCauley 2; Strader 2; White 1; Loudin 1. Totals 8.
Blocked shots – Lewis County: Snuffer 1. Totals 1; Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 2; R. Hurst 1; McCauley 1; Loudin 1; L. Hurst 1. Totals 6.
Turnovers – Lewis County: 15; Buckhannon-Upshur: 17.
Personal fouls – Lewis County: 14; Buckhannon-Upshur: 17.