BECKLEY – It was a disappointing weekend for the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers in the 30th Annual Big Atlantic Tournament in Beckley.
Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster, whose Bucs had won six of eight, was hoping this past Friday and Saturday would be a state-wide showcase for his improved team, but it wound up being a frustrating weekend of what could have been for the second-year coach.
The Bucs played University on Friday in a rematch from back on Dec. 11 in Morgantown, that the Hawks won 101-52.
Foster was hoping to use the game to see how much his Bucs had improved since that contest eight weeks ago, but it was the same result as Buckhannon-Upshur lost a 94-44 decision. They trailed 29-3 after one quarter and 56-14 at the break en route to a 94-44 loss.
Then on Saturday morning in the consolation game, the Bucs played a Greenbrier East team down three starters and wasted a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in a 68-64 overtime loss.
The pair of losses left the Bucs with an 8-8 record.
In the University game, Ryan Strader provided the only first-quarter basket and Jacob Loudin added a free throw for the Bucs’ three points.
Mason Hyre scored five points in the second quarter with Brayden Cutlip adding four and Zach White two.
The Bucs trailed at the break by a 56-14 score.
University extended their lead to 81-26 after three quarters of play as White had a quarter-high five points for Buckhannon-Upshur.
The Bucs outscored the Hawks by an 18-13 margin in the final quarter.
No B-U player reached double digits.
Cutlip led the team with nine points while White, Strader and Dawson Lilly each scored seven.
Kaden Metheny had a game-high 26 points for University while K.J. McClung had 17.
Greenbrier East would lead just eight seconds of the game during the four quarters of regulation in Saturday’s contest.
Things started off well enough for the Bucs against the Spartans as they raced out to a 10-0 lead.
Lilly started the game with a lay-up, Cutlip went inside for a lay-up, Ryan Hurst scored on a floater then hit a 3-pointer and Cutlip made one of two at the line for the Bucs during the run.
Following a basket by Greenbrier’s East Brandon Oscar, Hurst knocked down another trey to give the Bucs a 13-2 lead with 3:14 left in the first half.
Greenbrier East went on an 8-0 run to close it to a 13-10 game, but B-U scored the last four points of the quarter on a Cutlip lay-up and a put back by Strader.
That gave the Bucs a 17-10 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Greenbrier East closed it to a 19-17 contest to start the second with a 7-2 run, but Cutlip canned a jumper, Hurst scored on a runner and Lilly flipped in two free throws as the Bucs extended their lead back to eight, at 25-17.
With B-U holding a 29-23 lead in the final minute of the half, Hurst and Mason Hyre put in the final four points to treat the Bucs to a 33-23 lead at the intermission.
A Cutlip lay-up kept the Bucs ahead by 10 midway through the third quarter, at 39-29, but Greenbrier East went on a 9-0 run to close the gap to 39-38 with a minute left in the third quarter.
Lilly ended the run with a lay-up with 52 seconds left and closed out the period with two free throws as the Bucs took a 43-38 advantage into the last quarter.
Hurst put in a free throw and Strader scored on a lay-up and then a putback as B-U looked to take command of the game with a 48-38 lead with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter.
That is when Greenbrier East’s Tucker Via decided to take over the game and made four 3-pointers as his fourth one tied the game at 57-57 with 90 seconds remaining.
Bailee Coles gave the Spartans their only lead in regulation with a jumper with 12 seconds left, but Hurst quickly got the ball back down court and scored a runner with four seconds left to go.
Cole’s long-distance trey attempt at the buzzer didn’t go as the two teams went to an overtime period.
Hyre started off the overtime with a baseline 3-pointer to give the Bucs a 62-59 lead, but the Bucs wouldn’t score again for another three minutes as the Spartans went on an 8-0 run for a 67-62 lead with 45 seconds left in the game.
Strader put in a baseline jumper to keep it a one possession game, at 67-64, but Coles put the game away with a free throw with 20 seconds remaining.
Cutlip scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Bucs’ offense while Strader tallied 15.
Coles led Greenbrier East with 24.
The Buccaneers will return to action this Thursday when they host Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m.
The game will be Military/First Responders Appreciation Night. Any military personnel or first responders can enter the contest free of charge.
Buck.-Upshur 3 11 12 18 — 44
University 29 27 25 13 – 94
Ryan Hurst 2 0-0 4, Mason Hyre 2 0-0 5, Tyler Sandreth 1 0-0 2, Dawson Lilly 3 1-3 7, Ryan Strader 3 1-3 7, Brayden Cutlip 4 1-2 9, Zach White 3 1-2 7, Jacob Loudin 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 5-12 44.
K.J. McClung 6 5-8 17, Ryan Niceler 0 0-0 0, Kyle Smith 2 3-4 7, Kaden Metheny 12 1-1 26, Rodney Bucklew 6 2-2 15, Mike Maumbe 2 0-0 4, Tyler Belt 2 0-0 4, Tyler Blohm 2 0-0 5, Aaron Forbes 1 0-2 2, Javier Reyes 5 0-0 14. Totals 38 11-17 94.
Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 1. Totals 1; University: Reyes 4, Blohm 1, Bucklew 1, Metheny 1. Totals 7.
Free-throw percentage – Buckhannon-Upshur: 5-for-12 for 41.7; University: 11-for-17 for 64.7.
Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 10; University: 11
Greenbrier East 10 13 15 21 9 — 68
Buck.-Upshur 17 16 10 16 5 – 64
Greenbrier East 68
Clay Jackson 1 4-4 7, Tucker Via 7 1-1 19, David Vance 0 1-2 1, Peyton Pack 0 0-0 0. Brandon Oscar 2 1-2 5, Zach Patton 1 0-0 3, Bailee Coles 8 2-6 24, Trey Pondexter 0 0-0 0, Justin Davis 3 3-5 9. Totals 22 12-20 68.
Ryan Hurst 5 1-2 15, Jacob Loudin 0 0-0 0, Mason Hyre 4 0-0 10, Tyler Sandreth 0 0-0 0, Dawson Lilly 2 6-6 10, Zach White 1 0-2 2, Ryan Strader 5 0-0 10, Brayden Cutlip 8 1-4 17. Totals 25 8-14 64.
Three-point field goals – Greenbrier East: Via 4, Coles 2, Patton 1, Jackson 1. Totals 8; Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 2, Hurst 1. Totals 3.
Free throw percentage – Greenbrier East: 12-for-20 for 60.0; Buckhannon-Upshur: 8-for-14 for 57.1.
Personal fouls – Greenbrier East: 12; Buckhannon-Upshur: 20.