ELKINS — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School boys junior varsity team traveled to Elkins to play in the basketball edition of the area’s most storied rivalry games back on Monday, February 7.
The JV team got off to a slow start, struggling to get anything going offensively. Trailing, 13-3 going into the second quarter, the team’s offensive troubles continued, failing to score in the period. At halftime, the Little Bucs faced a 17-point, 20-3 deficit.
After making some adjustments at halftime, the Little Bucs fared slightly better, offensively, in the second half, but it proved to be too little too late, as the team fell behind 30-9 by the end of the third quarter before losing by a final score of 40-12.
While the team struggled offensively, 4 different Little Bucs scored. B-UMS displayed their willingness to play unselfishly and share the ball, which is a very positive sign for the future of this young, talented group.
Xavier Robinette finished the game as the Little Bucs leading scorer against Elkins with 4 points. Robinette was one of the team’s most steady, consistent contributors all game long, but really made an impact offensively in the second half. Robinette scored all his points after halftime, hitting 2-point field goals in both the third and fourth quarters.
Jimmy Greene scored 3 points, hitting a 2-point field goal in the third quarter to go along with a 1-4 (25%) shooting mark from the free throw line. Greene stayed aggressive in the face of a tough defense, adapting the pressure very well for a young player.
Colton Wagner ended the night with 2 points coming when he hit a 2-point field goal in the first quarter, the first basket of the game for Buckhannon. Wagner’s offensive contributions wrapped up the scoring numbers for the Little Bucs.