JV Buc pick up wins over Mountaineers and Polar Bears


FAIRMONT – The Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers looked strong in a pair of wins last week against Liberty and Fairmont Senior.

The Bucs defeated Liberty at home by a 55-46 score last Tuesday and then traveled to Fairmont Senior on Thursday and came home with a 51-40 victory.

The pair of wins left the Bucs with a 4-3 record.

Against Liberty, the Bucs had the offense rocking in the first quarter as they scored 22 points taking a 22-10 lead.

Shawn Blandino went off for eight points while Oliver King scored five, Shelton Thropp four, Zach Calef-Boring three and Wilbur Snider two in the opening quarter.

Things slowed down for the Bucs in the second quarter with just three field goals as they were outscored by a 14-6 margin.

Blandino, Snider, and King each had a basket for the Bucs in the second as they still led by a 28-24 margin at the break.

Buckhannon-Upshur ramped the offense back up as they outscored Liberty by an 18-10 margin in the third quarter.

Calef-Boring put in seven points, Blandino six and Thropp five for the Bucs in the third as they took a 46-34 lead into the final quarter.

The Bucs dropped the final quarter by a 12-9 score with Calef-Boring scored five points and King and Bryson Bastida each putting in two but held on for the nine-point win.

Blandino led the Bucs with 16 points while Calef-Boring chipped in 15.

Against Fairmont Senior, the Bucs fell behind by an 8-6 score after one quarter with Keyton Lanier and Thropp each putting in three points.

The Bucs got it going in the second quarter winning the stanza by a 19-8 margin.

Thropp went off for seven points and Calef-Boring and Lanier each scored six for B-U in the second quarter as the Bucs took a 25-16 lead at intermission.

Buckhannon-Upshur extended their lead in the third quarter, winning it by an 18-9 margin.

Calef-Boring had the hot hand with eight points while Thropp added six and King and Snider two each.

That gave the Bucs a 42-25 heading into the last quarter.

B-U dropped the final quarter by a 15-8 count but still won the game handily.

Calef-Boring tallied three points while Thropp and Lanier each added two and King put in a free throw.

Thropp paced the B-U offense with 18 points while Calef-Boring put in 17 points.

The Bucs will return to action today visiting East Fairmont for a 5:45 p.m. tilt.

The boxscore:

Liberty                 10  14  10  12 -- 46

Buckhannon-Upshur 22  6  18  9 – 55

Liberty 46

Bryce Benedum 3 2-2 11; Jenson Dodd 3 0-0 9; Piercen Monroe 3 0-0 6; Brock Benedum 2 0-0 5; Christian Heflin 2 0-0 4; Nick Todd 2 0-0 4; Braiden Hayes 2 0-0 4; Mason McGill 1 0-0 2; Luke Heflin 0 1-4 1; Donovan Haynes 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-6 46.

Buckhannon-Upshur 55

Shawn Blandino 8 0-0 16; Zach Calef-Boring 6 0-0 15; Oliver King 4 1-2 9; Shelton Thropp 4 0-0 9; Wilbur Snider 2 0-0 4; Bryson Bastida 1 0-0 2; Keyton Lanier 0 0-0 0; Ryan Snyder 0 0-0 0; Josh Nesbitt 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 1-2 55

Three-point field goals – Liberty: Bryce Benedum 3; Dodd 3; Brock Benedum 1. Totals 7; Buckhannon-Upshur: Calef-Boring 3; Thropp 1. Totals 4.

Fouls – Liberty: 6; Buckhannon-Upshur: 7.

Free throw percentageLiberty: 3-for-6 for 50.0 percent; Buckhannon-Upshur 1-for-2 for 50.0. percent.

Buckhannon-Upshur 6  19  18  8 – 51

Fairmont Senior        8  8  9  15 – 40

Buckhannon-Upshur 51

Shelton Thropp 7 4-7 18; Zach Calef-Boring 6 4-7 17; Keyton Lanier 3 2-4 11; Oliver King 1 1-3 3; Wilbur Snider 1 0-2 2; Ryan Snyder 0 0-0 0; Ian Strader 0 0-0 0; Josh Nesbitt 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-23 51.

Fairmont Senior 40

Pharoah Fields 7 6-6 22; Trey Longwell 3 2-2 9; Connor Gower 2 0-0 4; Mar Walker 1 0-0 3; Nathan Kidd 1 0-0 2; Gavin Blair 0 0-0 0; Latique Williams 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 8-10 40.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Lanier 3; Calef-Boring 1. Totals 4; Fairmont Senior: Fields 2; Longwell 1; Walker 1. Totals 4.

Fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 14; Fairmont Senior: 19.

Free throw percentage – Buckhannon-Upshur: 11-for-23 for 47.8 percent; Fairmont Senior: 8-for-10 for 80.0 percent.

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