Junior varsity Bucs fall to Preston, 73-52

Kaiden Ball (20) of the Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers goes up for a shot in front of a Preston Knight defender during their game Thursday evening in Kingwood. Ball had two points in the JV Bucs’ 73-52 setback.

KINGWOOD – The Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers were never able to overcome a seven-point second quarter as they dropped a 73-52 verdict Thursday night.

The Bucs and Knights battled in a high-scoring first quarter that went to Preston by a 23-18 score.

Harrison Walker tallied seven points while Jay Burnside put in four, Landon Hitt a trey, and Noam Keith and Kaiden Ball each two points for the Bucs in the opening quarter.

In that second quarter, the Bucs managed just three field goals, one each by Trey Heatherly, Sterlin Thropp and Walker as the quarter went to Preston by a 17-7 margin.

The Bucs were down by a 40-25 score at the break.

Buckhannon-Upshur closed it to 10 heading into the final quarter after outscoring Preston by a 17-12 margin.

Getting balanced scoring in the quarter as Walker and Thropp scored four each, Burnside three, and Hitt, Keith and Heatherly two each, the Bucs were down by a 52-42 score.

The Bucs lost the final frame by a 21-10 margin.

Burnside scored three points in the quarter while Heatherly, Walker and Wilbur Snider each put in two and Shelton Thropp one.

Walker led the Bucs with 15 points while Burnside scored 10.

Preston was led by Caleb Sypolt who scored 22 points while Jaden Fultz put in 10.

The loss dropped the Bucs to 2-5 on the season.

They will return to action Thursday when they visit Grafton for a 5:45 p.m. contest.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur  18  7  17  10 – 52

Preston                         23  17  12  21 – 73

Buckhannon-Upshur 52

Landon Hitt 3 2-2 5, Noam Keith 1 2-2 4, Jay Burnside 3 2-3 10, Trey Heatherly 3 0-0 6, Oliver King 0 0-0 0, Kaiden McDaniels 0 0-2 0, Sterlin Thropp 2 3-6 7, Kaiden Ball 1 0-0 2, Wilbur Snider 0 2-2 2, Shelton Thropp 0 1-2 1, Cody Bailey 0 0-0 0, Harrison Walker 6 2-3 15. Totals 17 14-22 52.

Preston 73

Daniell Allen 0 0-0 0, J.C. Harris 3 0-0 6, Caleb Sypolt 6 10-16 22, Jacob Burns 2 2-2 6, Trenton Wolfe 1 0-0 3, Daniel Long 2 1-2 6, Camden Barlow 0 2-2 2, Tristian Burgoyne 2 0-0 4, Anthony Shafer 0 0-0 0, Byron Brandt 4 1-2 9, Jaden Fultz 4 2-2 10, Trevor Thomas 2 0-0 6. Totals 26 18-26 73.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Burnside 2, Hitt 1, Walker 1. Totals 4; Preston: Thomas 2, Wolfe 1. Totals 3.

Free throw percentage – Buckhannon-Upshur: 14-for-22 for 63.6; Preston: 18-for-26 for 69.2.

Fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 19; Preston: 19.

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