Lanier and JV Bucs lead Liberty wire-to-wire in 59-31 win

The 2021-2022 B-UHS JV Boys Basketball Team. DALTON WRIGHT /The Record Delta

CLARKSBURG — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boy’s junior varsity team was back in action Wednesday evening as they traveled to Clarksburg to play the Liberty Mountaineers. Against Liberty, the JV Bucs were looking to build on the momentum after they generate a big 63-31 win over Hampshire in their last game before a string of two straight cancellations due to inclement weather. These cancellations effectively axed their games against both North Marion and Grafton. 

The JV team immediately took control of this game, establishing dominance on the defensive end. The team’s defense only allowed the Mountaineers to score 4 points in the opening period. Offensively, the B-U team was an active and selfless team, utilizing a balanced attack with 4 players combining to score 12 points. At the end of the first quarter, the Bucs led 12-4. 

In the second quarter, the Mountaineers seemed to have adjusted to the Bucs defensive pressure a little better. They doubled their point total from 4 in the first quarter to 8 in the second to end the first half with just 12 points as a team. The Bucs maintained their steady balanced offensive approach, scoring 14 points in the second quarter to end the first half up 26-12.

The boys put the game out of reach with a huge third quarter, outscoring the Mountaineers 19-5 to bring their lead to 28. Up, 45-17 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bucs eased off a bit and toyed with their rotation, getting players key in-game experience. The Mountaineers finally found a spark offensively, outscoring the B-U boys 17-14 in the fourth and final quarter, but this effort fell far short, as the Bucs scored a 59-31 victory.

Junior Keyton Lanier was paced the JV Bucs offensively, posting a 20-point outing against Liberty. Lanier was deadly from deep, hitting 3 3-point field goals, to go along with 5 2-point field goals, and 1-2 shooting from the free throw line.

Sophomore Luke Yardley played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball and finished as the Bucs second leading scorer. Offensively, he scored 14 points on 5 made 2-point field goals, a made 3-point field goal, and 1-2 shooting from the free throw line.

Sophomore Nathaniel Ringer was the third Buc to reach double-digits against Liberty, scoring 11 points on 2 made 2-point field goals, 2 made 3-point field goals, and 1-2 shooting from the free throw line.

Freshman Jonas Barton narrowly missed out on being the fourth Buc to reach double-digits, finishing with 9 points on the evening. Barton hit 3 2-point field goals and went 3-5 from the free throw line.

Sophomore Bryson Johnson finished the game with 5 total points on 2 made 2-point field goals and 1-2 shooting from the free throw line. Sophomore Jaden Westfall saw played some key minutes in the first half, scoring 4 early points in the first quarter before being pulled to save his eligibility for the varsity game later that night. Sophomore Ryan Kelley found his way on the stat sheet by hitting a 2-point field goal in the fourth quarter to wrap up the junior varsity Bucs scoring numbers on the night.

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