No. 1 Senior too much for Bucs in Big 10 action

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B-U to honor seniors tonight

TENNERTON — First-year Buckhannon-Upshur coach Travis Foster hopes Tuesday night’s game against Fairmont Senior served as a learning tool for his young squad.

The Class AA, top-ranked and undefeated Polar Bears showed why they are the favorite to capture a third straight state title next month in Charleston after handing the Bucs a 95-47 setback in a Big 10 Conference encounter.

“We saw first-hand of a program that’s been doing the little things right for years,” Foster said. “There’s  a reason they have an opportunity to win three or four straight championships — talent and hard work.”

Even in the loss, Foster said his team did some good things.

“Our kids didn’t give up and I’m proud of them and my coaches,” he said. “But sometimes you just feel helpless for the kids. I don’t believe there were any different situations we could have put them in to alter the result.

“But we have to forget this game and get ready for our next game.”

Fairmont Senior’s high-potent offense and relentless full-court pressure hit on all cylinders against B-U.

The Polar Bears (18-0, 12-0 Big 10) used a hot-shooting night from Taevon Horton, who drilled 13-of-16 of his field-goal attempts, including a 6-of-9 effort from beyond the arc. He finished with 32 points and was joined in double figures by Zyon Dobbs with 12 points and Jalen Bridges and WVU football signee Dante Stills with 11 each.

“We give [Fairmont Senior] the best wishes for the rest of their season,” Foster said. “I really like seeing teams from our area do well at the state tournament.”

Junior Jacob Loudin came off the bench to lead B-U with a career-high 11 points and three steals. Logan Hitt just missed double figures with nine points.

B-U is now 6-13 overall and 5-7 in the Big 10. The Bucs will host East Fairmont for Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. this evening.

Seniors to be honored include Taylor Whitehair, Drew Heatherly, Holden Edwards and Austin Bowen.

“This is an important game for us,” Foster said. “If we can get this game, we have an opportunity to finish fifth or sixth in the Big 10.

“That’s a credit to my coaches and players. Success is coming our way. I don’t know when, but it’s coming.”

The boxscore:

Fairmont Senior (18-0, 12-0 Big 10)

Taevon Horton 13 0-0 32, Dasilas Jones 3 1-1 7, Zyon Dobbs 4 3-6 12, Aaron Gorman 2 0-0 6, Bryson Gilbert 4 0-0 8,  Jalen Bridges 5 0-0 11, Dante Stills 5 1-2 11,  Jaelin Johnson 3 2-4 8, Noah Davis 0 0-0 0, Franklin Washenitz 0 0-0 0, Bryson Flowers 0 0-0 0, Patrick Laxton 0 0-0 0. Totals 39 7-13 95

Buckhannon-Upshur (6-13, 5-7 Big 10)

Taylor Whitehair 2 0-0 6, Dawson Lilly 2 2-4 7, Greyson Shepherd 0 2-2 2, Logan Hitt 4 0-0 9, Ryan Hurst 3 0-0 6, Ryan Strader 1 0-0 2, Jacob Loudin 5 1-2 11,  Zach White 2 0-0 4, Brayden Cutlip 0 0-0 0, Holden Edwards 0 0-0 0,  Austin Bowen 0 0-0 0,Tyler Sandreth 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-8 47

Fairmont Senior         32   24   25   14 — 95

Buckhannon-Upshur 14     5     7    21 — 47

3-point goals — FS 10-21 (Horton 6-9, Gorman 2-2, Zobbs 1-1, Bridges 1-3, Davis 0-1, Jones 0-1, Gilbert 0-2, Flowers 0-2), B-U 4-16 (Whitehair 2-7, Lilly 1-3, Hitt 1-2, Shepherd 0-1, Cutlip 0-1, Loudin 0-1, Sandreth 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — FS 46 (Jones 8), B-U 21 (Loudin 4). Assists — FS 22 (Zobbs 7), B-U 10 (Lilly 3), Total fouls — FS 6, B-U 10

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