Freshman Bucs edged by a point in 45-44 loss to Polar Bears


FAIRMONT – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer freshman team lost a nail-biter to the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears Thursday evening.

Down 45-41, Nathaniel Ringer unleashed a three pointer with two seconds left to bring the Bucs to within one, a 45-44, but time ran out on the Bucs before they could get a time out called to set up an inbounds defense.

The Bucs fell behind after one quarter of action by a 13-8 score with Ian Strader, Malaki Williams, Nathaniel Ringer and Jeremy Streets each dropping in a basket.

The Bucs won the second quarter by a 15-11 margin with Strader and Jaden Westfall each putting in six points, Luke Yardley two and Ringer a free throw.

They trailed by just one at the break, at 24-23.

Buckhannon-Upshur took the lead in the third quarter winning by a 12-8 count.

They led 35-32 heading into the final quarter.

Strader led the charge in the third quarter for the Bucs with seven points while Westfall added three and Williams two.

Fairmont Senior took the final quarter by a 13-9 score to get the win.

Ringer had five points and Westfall four in the final quarter for the Bucs.

They were slated to play at East Fairmont on Monday.

Their game Thursday at Morgantown apparently is off as the athletic department is looking for home games that day for a tripleheader with the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur                                                      8  15  12  9 – 44

Fairmont Senior                                                            13  11  8  13 – 45

Buckhannon-Upshur 44

Ian Strader 7 0-2 15; Jaden Westfall 6 1-2 13; Nathaniel Ringer 3 1-3 8; Malaki Williams 2 0-0 4; Luke Yardley 1 0-0 2; Jeremy Streets 1 0-0 2; Blake Runyon 0 0-0 0; Justin Streets 0 0-0 0; Ryan Kelley 0 0-0 0; Dom English 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 2-7 44.

Fairmont Senior 45

Hayden Jones 9 1-2 22; Jude Conaway 3 2-4 9; Charlie Lowe 2 0-0 5; Quelin Barker 2 1-2 5; Cole Gilmore 1 0-0 2; Tyler Koch 0 2-2 2; Jerry Maxwell 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-10 45.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 1; Ringer 1. Totals 2; Fairmont Senior: Jones 3; Conaway 1; Lowe 1. Totals 5.

Fouls – ckhannon-Upshur: 12; Fairmont Senior: 13.

Free throw percentage – Buckhannon-Upshur: 2-for-7 for 28.6 percent; Fairmont Senior: 6-for-10 for 60.0 percent.

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