Lamar Hurst scores 26 as Bucs defeat Parkersburg, 72-53

Lamar Hurst (13) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers puts in a lay-up in front of Parkersburg’s Sam Potts (30) during the third quarter of their non-conference clash Thursday night at the high school. Hurst scored a game-high 26 points and hauled down nine rebounds as the Bucs downed Parkersburg by a 72-53 score.

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur sophomore forward Lamar Hurst scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Buccaneers to a convincing 72-53 win over the Parkersburg Big Reds in a non-conference clash Thursday night at the high school gym.

Hurst just missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds. He also added three blocks, three assists and three steals.

“Lamar had a great game for us,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “We have been preaching to him to stay around the rim for us. When we can him in the post where he needs to be, you can see what he can do. We have really been waiting on that game for him. Four feet around that rim, he is very dangerous and you have to pay a lot of attention to him. He is one of the hardest workers and positive kids we have on the team. He is really going to turn into a special player for us.”

The Bucs had a slow start to the game falling behind by a 14-6 score after four minutes of action.

The Bucs overcome that slow start in a hurry as they finished the quarter on an 11-0 run for a 17-14 lead.

During the run Noam Keith made a lay-up, Lamar Hurst scored after hauling down a rebound, Ryan Strader scored from underneath, Ryan Hurst turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer and Lamar Hurst wrapped up the quarter with a lay-up.

“We came out a little bit sluggish,” noted Foster. “But for us to bite down on what we were doing was big. When we hit our defensive angles, close out and do things we need to do we are a little bit better of a team that what people realize around the state.”

Sam Potts started the second quarter with a three-pointer for Parkersburg tying the game at 17-17, but Will McCauley turned in three points after being fouled on his jumper and making the foul shot and Lamar Hurst scored from the paint to give the Bucs a 22-17 lead with 5:01 showing on the second-quarter clock.

They would never trail again.

After another three-pointer by Potts, Ryan Hurst nailed a trey and Lamar Hurst turned in another old-fashioned three-point play giving the Bucs a 28-20 lead with four minutes remaining in the half.

An 8-2 run by Parkersburg closed the game to 30-28, but Josh Loudin scored on a put back and Lamar Hurst scored a jumper giving the Bucs a 34-28 lead with a minute remaining in the opening half.

Potts ended the half with a jumper as B-U lead at the break by a 34-30 score.

The Bucs came out and dominated the Big Reds in the third quarter, winning the stanza by a 17-9 margin.

Leading 36-32, Ryan Hurst made consecutive baskets for the Bucs and McCauley dropped in a jumper as the Bucs extended their lead to 10, at 42-32.

With the Bucs up 42-35, they went on an 11-0 run capped by Lamar Hurst draining two free throws that put them up by a 53-35 score with 90 seconds left in the third quarter.

Ryan Hurst hit a lay-up at the third-quarter buzzer giving B-U a 55-39 advantage heading into the third quarter.

Parkersburg never got closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter as Lamar Hurst went off for 11 points in the quarter.

The Bucs shot 50 percent for the game making 29 of their 58 field goal attempts.

Behind Lamar Hurst in the scoring column for the Bucs were Ryan Hurst with 19 and Loudin with 10.

Loudin had a double-double as he pulled down 13 rebounds.

Potts led Parkersburg with 25 points while Noah Umpleby and Carson Dennis each had 11.

Parkersburg dropped to 7-13 on the season.

The Bucs improved to 12-8 overall.

They will welcome in the No. 1 team in the state on Monday when they host the University Hawks at 7:30 p.m.

They will wrap up their regular season Wednesday when they host Lewis County at 7:30 p.m.

“I think we are right where we need to be,” concluded Foster. “As a team, our kids our getting better and we are peaking at the right time. Well there will take us, we will have to find out, but we are in a good spot. I think we are a team that a lot people are starting to take notice of us and not wanting to play us.”

The boxscore:

Parkersburg                                                                    14  16  9  14 – 53

Buckhannon-Upshur                                                    17  17  21  17 – 72

Parkersburg 53

Sam Potts 10-19 2-4 25; Noah Umpleby 4-10 1-3 11; Carson Dennis 5-15 0-0 11; Seth Bryan 0-1 2-2 2; Aiden Vega 1-3 0-0 2; Bryson Singer 1-6 0-0 2; Gabe Ray 0-1 0-0 0; Samuel McCale 0-2 0-0 0; Chris Farson 0-0 0-0 0; Noah Dailey 0-1 0-0 0; Julian Martin 0-3 0-0 0; Carter Mills 0-0 0-0 0; Josh Kopec 0-4 0-0 0; Austin Fleming 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-65 5-9 53.

Buckhannon-Upshur 72

Lamar Hurst 10-16 5-6 26; Ryan Hurst 7-16 3-3 19; Josh Loudin 4-8 2-2 10; Harrison Walker 3-8 0-0 6; Will McCauley 2-2 1-1 5; Noam Keith 2-3 0-2 4; Ryan Strader 1-3 0-0 2; Sterlin Thropp 0-0 0-0 0; Mason Hyre 0-0 0-0 0; Oliver King 0-0 0-0 0; Zach White 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 11-14 72.

Three-point field goals – Parkersburg: Potts 3-8; Umpleby 2-5; Dennis 1-6; McCale 0-1; Martin 0-1; Kopec 0-1. Totals 6-22; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 2-5; L. Hurst 1-2; Walker 0-2. Totals 3-7.

Rebounds – Parkersburg: Singer 7; Kopec 5; team 5; Potts 3; Vega 3; Umpleby 2; deadball 2; Martin 1; Mills 1; Dennis 1; Fleming 1. Totals 32; Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 13; L. Hurst 9; R. Hurst 7; McCauley 5; Walker 4; Strader 3; deadball 2; Keith 2; Hyre 1; White 1; deadball 1. Totals 48.

Assists – Parkersburg: Umpleby 5; Dennis 2; Kopec 1; Potts 1. Totals 9; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 6; Loudin 4; L. Hurst 3; Strader 2; McCauley 1; Walker 1; Keith 1. Totals 18.

Steals – Parkersburg: Potts 4; Umpleby 2; Bryan 2; Dennis 2; Singer 1. Totals 11; Buckhannon-Upshur: R. Hurst 4; L. Hurst 2; Walker 2. Totals 8.

Blocked shots – Parkersburg: Fleming 1. Totals 1; Buckhannon-Upshur: McCauley 3; L. Hurst 3; Loudin 2; R. Hurst 1. Totals 9.

Turnovers – Parkersburg: 14; Buckhannon-Upshur: 15.

Personal fouls – Parkersburg: 16; Buckhannon-Upshur: 12.

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