Bucs visit MHS tonight in sectional opener

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur first-year coach Travis Foster is hopeful his team can make some noise in the postseason after a season filled with adversity.

The third-seed Bucs (6-15) will visit No. 2-seed Morgantown at 7 p.m. today in the opening game of the Class AAA, Region 1, Section 2 tournament.

Top-seed University hosts No. 4 Preston in the other sectional matchup with the winners battling on Friday in the title game at the site of the highest-remaining seed.

“This season has been an interesting one, with the hiring process back in June to the flu and sickness still upon us,” Foster said. “Now  [with] the teachers striking, I feel it’s been difficult to get any sort of rhythm going.

“But these kids have bought in and worked so hard for me since August in the weight room and I’m very proud of them. Many times people look at their win- loss record and judge these kids by that, but they need to judge them [by] the obstacles they have to overcome every day in their lives here in this town. Just getting these kids to get back believing in themselves and basketball again has been tough but we’re on the right track.”

Senior guards Taylor Whitehair and sophomore forward Brayden Cutlip will lead B-U against the Mohigans, who took both regular-season meetings between the teams.

The Bucs will be without sophomore point guard Greyson Shepherd, however, after be broke his foot in the season-finale at Bridgeport.

“I would like to say we’re fully healthy but we still have several kids out sick and Shepherd will be sidelined,” Foster said. So once again we have to find a way to fight through adversity to get a win on Wednesday night.

“Either way these kids are tough, probably some of the toughest around. They just haven’t been given a true opportunity and that has and will continue to change in our program as we move forward.”

Morgantown enters the game 15-7 and ended the regular season in dramatic fashion, outlasting Martinsburg in a four OT thriller. Junior guard Cam Selders had 22 points and 6-6 junior center Nick Malone 16 in the 79-77 victory.

“The kids want to [win badly],” Foster said. “But you can’t change 15 years of failure into success overnight.”

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