Jayvee Little Bucs pick up a 50-35 victory over Robert L. Bland


WESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buccaneers halted a four-game losing skid here Jan. 3, dealing the Robert L. Bland Patriots a 50-35 licking in a junior varsity match-up.

The Little Bucs jumped into an 8-2 first-quarter advantage on a bucket apiece by Bryson Johnston, Ian Strader, Jaden Westfall and Jacob Todd.

With Johnston erupting on a four-goal spree, and Jonas Barton and Michael Farrar each canning a basket, the Little Bucs claimed the second period by a 12-10 edge to build a 20-12 halftime cushion.

The third canto was even at 16-16, with Luke Yardley and Strader tallying four points apiece, and Johnston, Barton, Carter Zuliani and Farrar each contributing two.

Robert L. Bland rallied to take the final segment, 14-7.

Nine different Little Bucs got into the scoring column, with Johnston leading the way with 12 markers.

Rounding out the scoring were Barton and Farrar each with eight, Yardley and Strader with six apiece, Westfall with four, and Zuliani, Dodd and Colin Bailey with two each.

The Little Bucs upped their record to 2-6 going into Tuesday night’s road clash with Philippi.

They will be at home with Lincoln Thursday night.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon         8  12  16  14    50

Robert L. Bland  2  10  16   7    35

Buckhannon 50

Bryson Johnston 6 0-0 12, Luke Yardley 3 0-0 6, Ian Strader 2 1-4 6, Jonas Barton 4 0-0 8, Jaden Westfall 2 0-1 4, Carter Zuliani 1 0-0 2, Jacob Todd 1 0-0 2, Nathaniel Ringer 0 0-0 0, Easton Perkins 0 0-0 0, Landon Marple 0 0-0 0, Colin Bailey 1 0-0 2, Michael Farrar 4 0-2 8. Totals 24 1-7 50.

Robert L. Bland 35

Keller Bennett 2 3-14 7, Poson Kelley 1 1-3 3, Dylan Messenger 4 3-4 11, Manny Robinson 1 2-6 4, Hunter Starrett 0 1-2 1, Joey Aman 1 0-4 2, David Hatfield 0 0-2 0, Ben Putnam 1 1-2 3, Caden Kelley 0 1-4 1, Brayden Corder 0 1-4 1, Tanner Griffith 1 0-0 2, Brayden Lipps 0 0-0 0, Lamdyn Taylor 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 13-44 35.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon: Strader 1; Robert L. Bland: None.

Free throw percentage – Buckhannon: 1-for-7 for 14.3; Robert Bland: 13-for-44 for 29.5.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon 27, Robert L. Bland 12.


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