Bucs ready to begin season Tuesday at home against No. 1 University

Ryan Hurst of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers goes airborne for a lay-up in front of a Capital defender during their scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the high school. Hurst and his Bucs will get their season underway Tuesday hosting University.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur boys’ basketball team is going to be tested right out of the gate as they host the defending state Class AAA champion and preseason No. 1 University Hawks Tuesday to tip-off their 2019-20 season.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“And they have almost everyone back from last season,” quipped third-year Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “They are stacked again this year and added a quality transfer from Bridgeport.”

Foster is hopeful that his Bucs can turn the corner in his third season and they have plenty of talent to do so, but he knows his team will be in for a battle on Tuesday.

“Win or lose, University will know that they are in a battle with a team from Buckhannon-Upshur.”

Foster put his team through their final paces this past week with home scrimmages against Tucker County and Capital.

“We played well against Tucker County,” remarked Foster. “We lost by three to a very good Capital team. We had too many turnovers and missed too many easy shots, but it’s encouraging to know we didn’t play our best and still had a chance to beat a quality team like Capital at the end of the game.”

Foster said after nearly three weeks of practice, his team is ready to play for real when Tuesday rolls around.

“We are tired of beating up on each other,” Foster stated. “I think we will be very prepared. We have a tough December schedule but these teams are going to know they are playing a new Buckhannon-Upshur team.”

Foster is expected to start junior Ryan Hurst at the point guard position, senior Tyler Sandreth at shooting guard, sophomore Lamar Hurst at small forward, senior Ryan Strader at the power forward spot and junior Zach White at center.

Coming off the bench for the opener will be juniors Will McCauley and Josh Loudin and sophomores Mason Hyre and Harrison Walker.

“It really depends on what we need from the bench as to who will come off first,” noted Foster.”

Following their opener Tuesday, the Bucs will hit the road Saturday for a contest with Wheeling Park.

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