Junior varsity Buccaneers take record to 9-0 with 65-45 victory over Bearcats

Felipe Montero (20) of the Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers works the ball upcourt during their game Friday evening with Grafton. The Buc defeated Grafton by a 65-45 score.

TENNERTON – Noam Keith scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers to a 65-45 victory over the Grafton Bearcats Friday in a home contest.

The victory kept the junior varsity Bucs unbeaten on the season as they improved to 9-0 on the year.

The Bucs and Bearcats played to an even 11-11 first quarter.

Harrison Walker scored six points in the opening quarter while Mason Hyre added a trey and Euan Kettle a basket for the Bucs.

The Bucs started to pull away in the second quarter winning it by a 19-15 margin.

In the quarter, Josh Loudin tallied eight points, Keith five, and Zach Calef-Boring, Sterlin Thropp and Oliver King two each for the Bucs.

They led at the half by a 30-26 score.

The Bucs dominated the third quarter by a 21-10 score.

Keith exploded for 12 points while Kettle had four points, Thropp three and Walker two.

The Bucs led by a 51-36 score after three quarters of action.

The Bucs won the last quarter by a 14-9 margin with Keith putting in six points, Calef-Boring four, Cody Bailey and Kettle two each.

Following Keith in the scoring column for the Bucs were Walker, Loudin and Kettle with eight each.

Grafton was paced by Justin Spiker with 22 points.

The Bucs will return to action Wednesday with they visit Liberty for a 5:45 p.m. contest.

The boxscore:

Grafton                     11  15  10  9 – 45

Buck.-Upshur         11  19  21  14 – 65

Grafton 45

Dante Owens 3 1-4 8; Tanner Moats 0 0-0 0; Andrew Gallo 1 1-2 3; James Helmendollar 0 0-0 0; Luke Wiseman 0 0-0 0; Justin Spiker 8 6-8 22; Aiden Hartley 1 2-2 5; Cayden Boylen 1 0-0 3; Carson Lambert 0 1-3 1; Matthew Helmendollar 0 0-2 0; Mason Kinsey 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 11-19 45.

Buckhannon-Upshur 65

Cody Bailey 1 0-0 2; Zach Calef-Boring 3 0-0 6; Sterlin Thropp 2 1-4 5; Mason Hyre 1 0-0 3; Oliver King 1 0-0 2; Harrison Walker 4 0-1 8; Noam Keith 10 3-4 23; Felipe Montero 0 0-1 0; Shelton Thropp 0 0-0 0; Josh Loudin 4 0-0 8;  Wilbur Snyder 0 0-0 0; Euan Kettle 4 0-0 8. Totals 30 4-9 65.

Three-point field goals – Grafton: Owens 1; Spiker 1; Hartley 1; Boylen 1. Totals 4; Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 1. Totals 1.

Free throw percentage – Grafton: 11-for-19 for 57.9; Buckhannon-Upshur: 4-for-10 for 40.0.

Personal fouls – Grafton: 14; Buckhannon-Upshur: 20.

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