WESTON – When is 0.5 seconds not really 0.5 seconds? When it’s 1.8 seconds? You don’t understand?
Neither did Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster and his Buccaneers as they are still trying to figure what happened after a 48-47 loss to the Lewis County Minutemen Thursday night in a Big 10 Conference battle and the regular-season finale for both teams.
B-U thought they won the game when Ryan Hurst scored on a baseline bank shot that gave the Buccaneers a 47-45 lead. The shot went in and the buzzer sounded signifying the end of the game.
A glance at the clock showed there was 0.5 seconds when the ball went through the net, which in the high school game, the clock doesn’t stop after a made basket unless a time-out is called.
Somehow, while the Bucs celebrated their apparent victory, 1.8 seconds was randomly put back on the clock by the officiating crew.
“I was given absolutely no reason as to why 1.8 seconds was put back on the clock,” remarked Foster. “My response was how can you dictate that if there is no replay or any evidence.”
What followed was total chaos by those in charge of running the game and the clock.
Lewis County inbounded the ball from under their own basket and threw a half-court pass that was caught and then a time out was called by Lewis County.
That play took just 0.5 seconds off the clock leaving 1.3 seconds left in the game.
Then Lewis County inbounded the ball and it was knocked away by B-U’s Jacob Loudin. That play somehow only took 0.1 seconds off the clock, leaving 1.2.
So, two inbound plays for Lewis County chewed up just 0.6 seconds and gave the Minutemen an inbound on the sideline at three-quarters court.
With 1.2 seconds remaining, the Minutemen inbounded the ball to Shawn Moran, but it was initially tipped by Will McCauley before Moran bobbled it and controlled it, then made a pivot and somehow got a shot off in that second before the buzzer to beat the Bucs by one-point as the Minutemen student body rushed the court.
“They went the entire length of the court with what amounted to at least four touches in 1.8 seconds,” noted Foster. “So you tell me?”
The nonsensical ending diminished the efforts of Buckhannon-Upshur junior center Brayden Cutlip who scored a game-high 23 points and hauled down nine rebounds.
“Brayden had a great game,” said Foster. “But we withheld him for the first four minutes of the game for team reasons. I applaud him for his great game but the preparation before the game is just as important as the game.”
At the end of the game though, it was still the same old issues that plagued the Bucs in the loss – poor free throw shooting and a failure to defend the 3-pointer.
The Bucs left way too many points at the free-throw line once again, going just 13-for-23 at the line for a 56.5 shooting percentage.
The Buccaneer defense also gave up eight 3-pointers to Lewis County as the Minutemen shot 53.3 percent from beyond the 3-point stripe.
“That has been our whole season,” acknowledged Foster. “Not hitting our free throws and not stepping out to defend the long shot. They have three very good shooters and we just didn’t cover the 3-point shot well.”
The Bucs dug themselves an early hole in the first quarter with just one field goal, a lay-up by Zach White, and one free throw by Cutlip, as they went down by an 11-3 score after eight minutes of action.
“The first quarter really hurt us,” remarked Foster. “It really came down to Lewis County played four quarters and we played three.”
Moran fired in a 3-pointer to start the second quarter and put the Bucs down by 11, at 14-3, but Cutlip made a pair of jumpers, Ryan Strader flipped in a foul shot and Cutlip put in a rebound for a 7-0 run as the Bucs trimmed the Minutemen lead to four, at 14-10, with four minutes gone.
Lewis County pushed their lead back to seven, at 21-14, but B-U closed the half scoring the last four points on two free throws by Dawson Lilly and a baseline jumper by Cutlip.
That left the Bucs down at the half by three, at 21-18.
With Lewis County still ahead by four, at 28-24, Lilly nailed a trey, and after a free throw by Moran for the Minutemen, the Bucs tied the game on a Hurst lay-up at 29-29 with 3:07 left in the quarter.
Just a minute later, Hurst gave the Bucs their first lead with another lay-up, at 31-29 and then scored his seventh straight point of the game with a 3-pointer to give B-U a 34-29 lead.
Moran and Lilly then traded free throws to end the quarter as the Bucs led heading into the final eight minutes by five, at 35-30.
Lewis County started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run for a 38-35 advantage before Cutlip could get the Bucs on the board with a putback at the 4:27 mark to make it a 38-37 contest.
Cutlip knocked down a free throw and Ryan Strader powered in a rebound to treat the Bucs to a 40-38 lead with 3:48 remaining.
Exactly two minutes later, a pair of Cutlip free throws put the Bucs ahead by three, at 45-42, but Moran hit another trey to tie the game, at 45-45, with 1:17 left in the contest.
Hurst’s three-pointer on B-U’s next possession rimmed out with Kyle Gannon getting the rebound with 55 seconds remaining, but the Bucs turned over Lewis County following a Minutemen time out when Jacob Heater was called for a travel with 36 seconds left.
B-U held onto the ball for Hurst’s initial last shot of the game.
Hurst trailed Cutlip in the scoring column for B-U with 11 points while Lilly added seven.
Strader scored four points and hauled down eight rebounds.
Moran led Lewis County with 22 points.
Lewis County ended their regular season with an 8-14 mark overall and a 4-10 ledger in Big 10 play.
The Bucs wound up 9-13 overall and 7-6 in the Big 10 Conference.
The Buccaneers will open sectional play Wednesday when they visit Morgantown for a 7 p.m. tip against the Mohigans.
Buck.-Upshur 3 15 17 12 – 47
Lewis County 11 10 9 18 – 48
Ryan Hurst 5-16 0-0 11, Jacob Loudin 0-1 0-0 0, Mason Hyre 0-0 0-0 0, Will McCauley 0-0 0-0 0, Dawson Lilly 1-6 4-8 7, Zach White 1-3 0-1 2, Ryan Strader 1-2 2-4 4, Brayden Cutlip 8-14 7-10 23. Totals 16-42 13-23 47.
Lewis County 48
Shawn Morgan 7-11 5-8 22, Nicholas Kuhn 0-0 0-0 0, Bradley Jerden 2-3 0-0 6, Adin Post 0-0 0-0 0, Asa Post 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Heater 2-4 0-0 5, Kyle Gannon 5-13 1-4 13, Luke White 0-3 0-0 0, Caden Rohrbaugh 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 17-39 6-13 48,
Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Lilly 1-4, Hurst 1-6. Totals 2-10; Lewis County: Moran 3-5, Jerden 2-3, Gannon 2-5, Heater 1-1, Rohrbaugh 0-1. Totals 8-15,
Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Cutlip 9, Strader 8, Loudin 5, Hurst 2, Hyre 1, McCauley 1, team 5, deadball 3. Totals 34; Lewis County: Moran 8, White 6, Heater 4, Asa Post 3, Gannon 3, Jerden 1, team 2, deadball 4. Totals 31.
Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: Loudin 3, Hyre 2, Lilly 2, Hurst 1, Strader 1. Totals 9; Lewis County: Moran 3, Rohrbaugh 3, Heater 2, Gannon 1. Totals 9.
Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Hurst 3, Lilly 2, Loudin 1, McCauley 1. Totals 7; Lewis County: Morgan 2, Gannon 1. Totals 3.
Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Lilly 1, Strader 1. Totals 2; Lewis County: White 2, Moran 1, Rohrbaugh 1. Totals 4.
Personal fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 15: Lewis County: 18.
Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 8; Lewis County: 10.