TENNERTON – The third week of the Upshur County Summer Basketball League (UCSBL) began on Monday, July 11 with a three-game slate inside Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s auxiliary gym.
Week three tipped off with a match-up between Dairy Queen and Strategy IT. Tyler Kuhn with 22 points and Cordell Nicola with 21 points powered Strategy IT past Dairy Queen in a 60-57 thriller. Austin Upton nearly managed to guide his team to a comeback win, dropping a game-high 33 points in the loss.
Monday’s second game saw Blades and Fades get the best of CPImagery in another close game, by a score of 57-53. Both teams ran well-balanced offenses and played tremendous team defense, however Blades and Fades escaped with a hard-fought win. Darius Dillard paced the Blades and Fades team in scoring with 21 points, while Storm Workman with 13 points topped the statsheet for CPImagery in the loss.
Blades & Fades stayed on the court for Monday night’s finale with AMTC. After finding nice rhythm in their first game, Blades and Fades rolled to a huge 30-point win over AMTC. Trey Key exploded for a game-high 33 points as the Blades and Fades offense rolled. AMTC struggled to find consistent scoring outside of Skyler Carlton and Chris Confere, who chipped in 10 points each.
Tuesday night began with another “nail-biter” as the KBAM Builders outlasted Sam’s Pizza by a score of 65 to 62. Despite double-digit scoring games from the trio of Jaden Westfall with 16 points, Ian Strader with 11 points and Jerin Westfall with 10 points; Sam’s Pizza couldn’t quite overcome the Builders stout defense down the stretch. Logan Bailey with 17 points paced a group of four Builders to ready double-digit scoring numbers as Nate Smarr scored 13 points, Phil Abel stored 13 points and Garrett Hamrick scored 11 points.
Tuesday’s second game saw Ralph’s Furniture outduel TKS Contracting in a high-scoring affair by a store of 85-78. Outstanding performances from the duo of Adrian Summerfield with 35 points and Jordan Haywood with 29 points allowed Ralph’s Furniture to stay unbeaten, while Wade Britton netted 28 points for TKS Contracting in a valiant losing effort.
TKS Contracting stayed on the court following their tough loss to Ralph’s Furniture to play Tuesday’s finale against CEC. TKS rebounded from their loss to Ralph’s Furniture with a hard-fought 83 to 79 win over CEC. Joe Nichols with 20 points, Jake Rahming with 18 points and Shawn Moran with 17 points carried the scoring load for TKS as they picked up the win, while Drew Holcomb paced CEC with 21 points in the loss to close out Tuesday’s action.
Wednesday’s slate was reduced to just one game as Dairy Queen forfeitted their game with On Point Athletics. With the forfeit win, On Point Athletics moved to 6-0, with their place atop the standing firmly entrenching them as a team to beat come playoff time.
Thus, Wednesday’s action was limited to a single match-up between PrePlayed Media and High Point Construction. This game delivered and was a back-and-forth grind to the finish. In the end, Alicia Lentz’s 18 points was enough to push PrePlayed Media to a close 55-53 victory over High Point Construction. High Point Construction came out on the losing end in this one despite Chris Prescott dropping a game-high 25 points.
Thursday’s three-game slate began with The Outpost earning a 65 to 58 win over Strategy IT. Efficient shooting nights from both Bryson Lucas with 21 points and Tommy Hawkins with 20 points helped The Outpost pick up the win, while Cordell Nicola with 19 points paced Strategy IT’s offense.
The Strategy IT teamed stayed up for Thursday’s second game against PrePlayed Media. Ultimately, Strategy IT’s tough day continued as they collected another loss, dropping a 70-57 decision to PrePlayed Media. Rye Gadd dropped a game-high 27 points for PrePlayed Media, while Nicola again paced Strategy IT’s offense in a loss with 16 points.
Gadd stayed hot in Thursday’s finale as his PrePlayed Media team square off against CPImagery. Gadd followed his 27 point performce in the previous game up with another team-high scoring mark against CPImagery, scoring 19 points as his team moved to 2-0 in the day. Tom Wood with 12 points led the charge for CPImagery in a losing effort.
Friday evening’s three-game slate wrapped up the third week of The Upshur County Summer Basketball League regular season.
Blades and Fades got things started by handily beating High Point Construction by a final score of 91-62. Once again Key was key for the Blades and Fades offense, unlocking his team’s limitless offensive potential as they seemingly scored at will. Travis Minor scored a team-high 19 points for High Point Construction in the loss.
The young Sam’s Pizza team, comprised mostly of current B-UHS high school players finally picked up their first win of the season during Friday’s second game. Sam’s Pizza reached the win column in style, dominating High Point Construction en route to collecting a 20-point, 90 to 70 win. Great games from both Jeron Westfall with 28 points and Ian Strader with 16 points helped push the Sam’s Pizza squad past High Point Construction despite 22 points from Eddie Prairie.
The third week’s final game saw TKS Construction cruise to a 69-37 victory over Blades & Fades. Shawn Moran orchestrated the show for the TKS Construction offense, storing 19 points while making plays for others with his court vision and accurate passing. Darius Dillard led Blades and Fades with 11 points in the loss during Friday’s finale.
With the final games of the UCSBL regular season right around the corner, teams will be jostling for final seeding positions in the upcoming postseason tournament. Heading into the playoffs, the rest of the field finds themselves chasing two undefeated teams, On Point Athletics (6-0) and defending champions Ralph’s Furniture (5-0). The early stages of the postseason tournament will determine if any of the challengers can unseat these two undefeated teams or if they are set for a clash of the unbeatens in the championship round.
STANDINGS after Week #3:
Ralph’s Furniture 5-0
The Outpost 4-1
PrePlayed Media 5-2
KBAM Builders 3-3
Strategy IT 3-4
Sam’s Pizza 1-5
High Point Construction 1-6
On Point Athletics 6-0
TKS Contracting 5-2
Blades & Fades 3-4 AMTC 1-4
Dairy Queen 1-4 CPImagery 1-5