JV Bucs can’t maintain fast start, fall to Bearcats, 49-36

Jay Burnside of the Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers gets an elbow to the face while getting off a shot attempt over a Grafton defender during their game Thursday night in Grafton. Burnside scored four points in the Bucs’ 49-36 setback.

GRAFTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur junior varsity Buccaneers raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but the offense went cold after that and they wound up dropping a 49-36 decision to the homestanding Grafton Bearcats Thursday evening.

With Noam Keith throwing down three baskets and Sterlin Thropp and Jay Burnside each dropping in a basket, the Bucs went on to their 10-0 lead.

Grafton scored the next nine points to make it a 10-9 game before Keith uncorked a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the opening quarter to treat the Bucs to a 13-9 lead.

The Bucs managed just three field goals in the second quarter, one by Oliver King, Kaiden McDaniels and Harrison Walker as Grafton took the quarter by a 14-6 margin.

The Bucs trailed at the break by a 23-19 score.

With Keith knocking down four free throws, Landon Hitt firing in a 3-pointer and Thropp and Burnside adding a basket, the Bucs won the third quarter by an 11-9 margin but still trailed going into the final eight minutes by a 32-30 score.

The fourth quarter belonged to Grafton as the Bucs scored just six points.

During the quarter, Keith and Thropp each made a basket and McDaniels and Kaiden Ball each put in a free throw.

Keith led the Bucs with 15 points as the only B-U player to reach double digits. Thropp added six and Burnside four.

The loss dropped the Bucs to 2-6 on the season.

They will return to action Tuesday as they host Liberty at 5:45 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur  13  6  11  6 – 36

Grafton                            9  14  9  17 – 49

Buckhannon-Upshur 36

Landon Hitt 1 0-0 3, Noam Keith 5 4-6 15, Jay Burnside 2 0-0 4, Trey Heatherly 0 0-0 0, Oliver King 1 0-0 2, Kaiden McDaniels 1 1-3 3, Sterlin Thropp 3 0-1 6, Kaiden Ball 0 1-2 1, Wilbur Snider 0 0-0 0, Shelton Thropp 0 0-0 0, Cody Bailey 0 0-0 0, Harrison Walker 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 6-12 36.

Grafton 49

Ryan Maier 3 2-4 9, Tavian Taylor 5 5-7 15, Stottlemyer 1 1-1 3, Matthew Gallo 0 0-0, Luke Wiseman 0 1-2 1, John Davis 0 0-0 0, Xavier Floyd 2 1-2 7, William Lambert 2 3-4 7, Joey Charlton 2 3-6 7. Totals 15 16-26 49.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hitt 1, Keith 1. Totals 2; Grafton: Maier 1, Ford 1. Totals 2.

Free-throw percentage – Buckhannon-Upshur: 6-for-12 for 50.0; Grafton: 16-for-26 for 61.5.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 21; Grafton: 16.


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