JV Little Bucs fall to Robert L. Bland in season opener

Carter Zuliani (34) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School junior varsity Little Bucs drives between two Robert L. Bland defenders during their season opener Saturday. The Little Bucs lost, 38-26.

WESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School junior varsity Little Bucs opened the season on a low note here Saturday, falling to Robert L. Bland’s Patriots by a 38-26 margin.

The Little Bucs took a 9-7 lead in the first period, with Jonas Barton canning four points, Ian Strader tallying three and Bryson Johnston adding two.

But they cooled off in the second quarter and were outscored by a 12-4 spread, leaving them trailing by a 19-13 count at the half. They were outscored by that same margin the second half.

Strader led them in scoring with 10 points, with Barton right behind with nine. Rounding out the offense were Johnston, Luke Yardley and Jaden Westfall with two markers apiece, and Colin Bailey with a free throw.

The Little Bucs will venture to Philippi Thursday to face the Bulldogs. They were to have battled the visiting Elkins Green Hornets Tuesday.

The boxscore:

Robert L. Bland   7  12  11  8  ­—  38

Buckhannon        9   4   6  7  — 26

Robert L. Bland 38

Keller Bennett 3 4-9 12, Dason Kelley 2 2-2 6, Dylon Messenger 3 2-6 8, Manoy Robinson 0 2-2 2, Hunter Starett 1 0-2 3, Joel Aman 1 0-0 2, David Hairfield 1 1-4 4, Caden Kelley 0 1-2 1, Brayden Corder 0 0- 0 0. Totals 11 12-27 39.

Buckhannon 26

Bryson Johnston 1 0-0 2, Luke Yardley 1 0-0 2, Ian Strader 4 1-4 10, Jonas Barton 3 3-4 9, Jacob Dodd 0 0-0 0, Carter Zuliani 0 0-4 0, Jaden Westfall 0 2-6 2, Colin Bailey 0 1-2 1, Nathaniel Ringer 0 0-0 0, Easton Perkins 0 0-0 0, Landon Marple 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 7-20 26.

Three-point field goals – Robert L. Bland: Bennett 2, Starett 1, Harifield 1; Buckhannon: Strader 1

Free throw percentage – Robert L. Bland: 12-for-27 for 44.4; Buckhannon: 7-for-20 for35.0.

Personal fouls – Robert L. Bland 13; Buckhannon 19.


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