Little Bucs drop pair of road tilts


Bounce back to best Robert L. Bland

WESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Buccaneer varsity cagers ran into tough times last week, falling to the visiting Suncrest Seals by a 47-18 spread and dropping a 64-38 road verdict to East Fairmont’s Hornets.

But they scrapped back in the season finale here Monday night to deal Robert L. Bland’s Patriots a 45-19 whipping.

They got off to a horrible start in the clash with Suncrest, trailing 12-0 after one period and were unable to get their offense in gear.

Landon Hitt paced them with five points, with Mason Hyre tallying four, Kaiden McDaniels adding three and Oliver King, Harrison Walker and Kaiden Ball contributing two each.

The Little Bucs fell behind by a 23-13 margin in the opening stanza at East Fairmont, and were down by 19, at 40-21, after a 17-8 second quarter. They lost the third period by a 13-6 and faced a 26-point deficit, at 53-27, heading into the final six minutes.

Hyre headed the balanced attack with nine markers. Following him were Sterlin Thropp with seven, Walker with six, McDaniels and Cody Bailey each with four and Hitt, King, Ball and Cameron Ervin with two apiece.

The Little Bucs took a 6-3 lead in the season wrap-up on buckets by Sterlin Thropp, Mark Hurst and Walker.

With Walker and Ball netting two buckets apiece, and Sterlin Thropp and Hyre tallying one each, the Little Bucs enjoyed a 12-4 second period to up their lead to 18-7 at intermission.

They claimed the third canto by a 13-6 margin, with Walker canning four points, Ball sinking three charity throws and Sterlin Thropp and Hyre hitting a basket apiece.

McDaniels fired in five markers, Sterlin Thropp, Hyre, King and Shelton Thropp nailed a bucket apiece and Shawn Blandino tacked on a foul shot to  give the final segment to Buckhannon by  14-6 count.

Walker topped them in scoring with 10 points. McDaniels had nine, Sterlin Thropp eight, Ball seven, Hyre six, King and Shelton Thropp two each and Blandino one.

Coach Tyke Foster’s Little Bucs posted a 5-9 record.

The boxscores:

Suncrest (47)

Manney 4 0-0 10, Keith 7 1-2 15, Hanif 1 0-0 2, Grive 1 1-2 3, Jamison 3 2-2 9, Hayes 1 0-0 2, Brooks 2 0-0 4, Proctor 0 0-0 0, Young 1 0-0 2, Forinash 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 4-6 47.

Buckhannon (18)

Landon Hitt 1 2-4 5, Sterlin Thropp 0 0-0 0, Mason Hyre 2 0-1 4, Oliver King 1 0-0 2, Kaiden McDaniels 1 1-2 3, Harrison Walker 1 0-0 2, Kaiden Ball 1 0-0 2, Cameron Ervin 0 0-0 0, Cody Bailey 0 0-0 0, Shelton Thropp 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 3-7 18.

Suncrest         12  11  16   8     47

Buckhannon    0    6    2  10    18

3-point field goals – Suncrest: Manney 2, Jamison 1; Buckhannon: Hitt 1.

Free-throw percentage – Suncrest: 4-for-6 for 66.7; Buckhannon 3-for-7 for 42.9.

Personal fouls – Suncrest 13, Buckhannon 8.

Buckhannon (37)

Landon Hitt 1 0-0 2, Sterlin Thropp 2 2-2 7, Mason Hyre 4 0-0 9, Oliver King 1 0-0 2, Kaiden McDaniels 2 0-0 4, Harrison Walker 3 0-0 6, Kaiden Ball 1 0-0 2, Cameron Ervin 1 0-0 2, Cody Bailey 2 0-0 4, Shelton Thropp 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 2-2 38.

East Fairmont (64)

Swecker 4 0-0 9, Haymond 0 0-0 0, Larnerd 11 1-1 25, Saunders 3 0-0 7, C. Cole 3 1-2 7, Hullderman 1 0-0 3, Hibbs 0 0-0 0, Hardwick 1 0-0 2, Metz 3 1-2 7, Vincent 0 0-0 0, A. Cole 0 0-0 0, Mayo 2 0-0 4, Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 3-5 64.

Buckhannon     13    8    6  11    38

East Fairmont   23  17  13  11    64

3-point field goals – Buckhannon: Sterlin Thropp 1, Hyre 1; East Fairmont: Larnerd 2, Swecker 1, Saunders 1, Hullderman 1.

Free-throw percentage – Buckhannon: 2-for-2 for 100.0; East Fairmont 3-for-5 for 60.0.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon 5, East Fairmont 4.

Buckhannon (45)

Landon Hitt 0 0-0 0, Sterlin Thropp 4 0-0 8, Mason Hyre 3 0-0 6, Oliver King 1 0-0 2, Kaiden McDaniels 4 0-0 9, Harrison Walker 5 0-0 10, Kaiden Ball 2 3-3 7, Cameron Ervin 0 0-0 0, Cody Bailey 0 0-0 0, Shelton Thropp 1 0-0 2, Shawn Blandino 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 4-5 45.

Robert L. Bland (19)

Ethan Smith 0 1-3 1, Dakota Moore 1 0-0 2, Trenton Murphy 0 0-2 0, Christian Mullins 2 1-2 5, Hunter Davisson 1 0-0 2, Owen Hunt 0 0-0 0, Slate Swiger 0 0-0 0, Grant Manley 1 0-2 2, Jared Fisher 2 3-8 7. Totals 7 5-17 19.

Buckhannon        6  12  13  14  — 45

Robert L. Bland   3    4    6    6  — 19

3-point field goals – Buckhannon: McDaniels 1; Robert L Bland: None.

Free throw percentage – Buckhannon 4-for-5 for 80.0; Robert L. Bland: 5-for-17 for 29.4.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon 19, Robert L. Bland 7.


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