Strader has double-double as Bucs cruise past Riverside, 84-57

Ryan Strader (23) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers works the ball up court against Riverside during their contest Friday evening in Belle. Strader had a double-double scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as the Bucs downed Riverside, 84-57. The Bucs improved to 4-2 on the season.

BELLE – Ryan Strader’s basketball career at Buckhannon-Upshur has always been defined as a blue-collar work ethic and doing things that don’t always show up in the stat sheet.

Now in his senior season, the 6-1 forward is finally starting to fill up that stat sheet as well.

Strader had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds to go along with seven assists to help the Bucs defeat Riverside by an 84-57 score Friday night.

“Ryan Strader was a monster tonight,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “He is just getting better and more confident on the offensive end with each game. I think that he has that senior mentality that his time here is ticking away and he has in his mind that he is getting every rebound. There is no one that deserves a better game on the offensive side than Strader for what he does for us on the defensive and rebounding end.”

The other Ryan on the team, Ryan Hurst, kept the Bucs offense going as well with a game-high 27 points.

“Hurst played tough as well once he got settled in,” stated Foster. “

Riverside’s Javante Elzy lit the Bucs up in the first quarter scoring 15 points including hitting three treys.

The Bucs stayed paced with the Warriors as the first quarter ended in a 19-19 tie.

“It seems like one of our weaknesses is coming out strong in the first quarter,” commented Foster. “It is something that we have to continue to work on. We knew Elzy was their scorer and we left him wide open for some good looks, especially from long-range.”

Hurst made a lay-up and Zach White downed two free throws to give the Bucs a 23-19 lead, and after a Riverside basket, Strader turned in an old-fashioned three-pointer, Hurst put in a lay-up and Strader came back with another lay-up to stake the Bucs to a 30-21 lead.

It was a lead they would never return back to the Warriors.

The two teams traded baskets the rest of the half as the Bucs owned a 37-26 lead at the intermission.

With B-U ahead 46-33, Strader scored on a put back and Josh Loudin made a jumper to extend the advantage to 17, at 50-33, with four minutes left in the quarter.

Buckhannon-Upshur held a 14-point lead going into the final eight minutes of action, at 58-44.

Leading 72-57 late, the Bucs officially put away the Warriors with a 6-0 run with Strader flipping in a jumper and Hurst scoring twice on a pair of leaners that put the visitors up by 21, at 78-57.

The Bucs finished the game on a 6-0 run with Tyler Sandreth scoring four points and Euan Kettle two.

Following Hurst and Strader in the scoring column for the Bucs were Will McCauley with 11 points and Lamar Hurst with nine.

“Coming down to Charleston and making the long trip, it was nice to earn the win,” concluded Foster. “We didn’t know how we would respond after the Meadville win, so this was a good trip.”

Elzy led Riverside with 23 points.

The Bucs, now 4-2 overall, were slated to play Lewis County Monday night.

They will return to action Wednesday when they visit North Marion for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The boxscore:

Buck.-Upshur            19  18  21  26 – 84

Riverside                   19  7  18  13 – 57

Buckhannon-Upshur 84

Ryan Hurst 13-23 0-0 27; Ryan Strader 8-11 1-3 17; Will McCauley 5-8 1-2 11; Lamar Hurst 4-7 0-1 9; Tyler Sandreth 4-4 0-0 8; Josh Loudin 3-4 0-0 6; Zach White 0-2 4-6 4; Euan Kettle 1-1 0-0 2; Noam Keith 0-4 0-0 0; Mason Hyre 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-67 6-12 84.

Riverside 57

Javante Elzy 7-16 6-9 23; Josh Arthur 6-10 0-3 14; Isaiah Osborne 3-6 2-2 8; Quinten DeMello 2-8 4-6 8; Alec Hess 1-2 0-0 2; Jeremiah Mason 1-1 0-0 2; Tyler Perdue 0-1 0-0 0; Jaden Booker 0-2 0-0 0; Isaiah Ford 0-3 0-0 0; Spencer Harvey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 12-20 57.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 1-2; R. Hurst 1-3; McCauley 0-1; Hyre 0-1; Keith 0-1. Totals 2-8; Riverside: Elzy 3-7; Arthur 2-5; Perdue 0-1; Ford 0-1; DeMello 0-2. Totals 5-16.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 14; Loudin 6; McCauley 6; team 6; R. Hurst 5; Sandreth 4; L. Hurst 4; White 2; Keith 1. Totals 48; Riverside: Mason 4; team 4; Ford 3; DeMello 3; deadball 3; Arthur 2; Osborne 2; Hess 2; Elzy 1. Totals 24.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 7; R. Hurst 3; Hyre 2; Sandreth 1; Keith 1; Loudin 1. Totals 15; Riverside: Elzy 4; Arthur 3; Mason 1; Osborne 1; DeMello 1; Hess 1. Totals 11.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hyre 3; R. Hurst 2; McCauley 1; Sandreth 1; White 1; Loudin 1. Totals 9; Riverside: Arthur 3; Hess 1. Totals 4.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: L. Hurst 2; McCauley 1; Strader 1. Totals 4; Riverside: Mason 2; Osborne 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 13; Riverside: 13.

Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 16; Riverside: 11.

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