Freshmen Bucs drop 57-49 contest to Hawks

Jaden Westfall (40) the Buckhannon-Upshur freshmen Buccaneers puts up a one-handed shot in front of a pair of University defenders during their game Saturday afternoon. Westfall had 14 points but the Bucs lost a 57-49 decision.

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur freshman Buccaneers fell behind early and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game in a 57-49 setback Saturday afternoon at the high school gym.

The Bucs came out of the gate slowly falling behind by a 22-10 score after one quarter of action.

Ian Strader put four points up while Malaki Williams, Nathaniel Ringer and Luke Yardley each scored two points apiece for the Bucs in the first quarter.

Buckhannon-Upshur won the second quarter by a 13-12 margin.

Strader and Williams each tallied four points while Blake Runyon and Jaden Westfall each put a basket and Ringer added a free throw for the Bucs in the second quarter.

They still trailed at the half by a 34-23 count.

The Bucs took the third quarter as well by a 16-12 margin with Westfall going off for 12 points while Strader and Runyon each dropped in a basket.

That shrunk the deficit to 46-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter went to University by an 11-10 score as they held on for the win.

Strader knocked down a pair of three pointers while Williams added a basket and Runyon put in two free throws for the Bucs in the final eight minutes of action.

Strader led the Bucs with 16 points while Westfall added 14.

The Bucs were just 3-for-13 at the free throw line in the eight-point loss.

Maddox Walls, Carson Ford and Hayden Wise all scored 14 points for University.

The Bucs, now 1-1 on the season, will visit Fairmont Senior Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

University                             22  12  12  11 – 57

Buckhannon-Upshur               10  13  16  10 – 49

University 57

Maddox Walls 5 4-5 14; Carson Ford 5 2-2 14; Hayden Wise 7 0-0 14; Brock McDonough 3 1-2 7; Seth Druar 2 0-1 4; Landon Spiker 2 0-0 4; Mason Ratke 0 0-2 0; Aaron McDowell 0 0-1 0; Melique Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 7-13 57.

Buckhannon-Upshur 49

Ian Strader 7 0-1 16; Jaden Westfall 7 0-2 14; Malaki Williams 4 0-1 8; Blake Runyon 2 2-4 6; Nathaniel Ringer 1 1-4 3; Luke Yardley 1 0-1 2; Elijah Mahaffey 0 0-0 0; Justin Streets 0 0-0 0; Jeremy Streets 0 0-0 0; Ryan Kelley 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 3-13 49.

Three-point field goals – University: Ford 2. Totals 2; Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 2. Totals 2.

Fouls – University: 16; Buckhannon-Upshur 15.

Free throw percentage – University: 7-for-13 for 53.8 percent; Buckhannon-Upshur: 3-for-13 for 23.1 percent.

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