White scores career-high 28 for Freshman Bucs

#23 freshman Damion White shined against East Fairmont, dropping 28 points on the Bees. White and his teammates mounted a valiant comeback effort for head coach Robert “Bobbie” Hatcher’s team, but fell just short, losing 60-54. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — The freshman Buccaneers played in the first of Monday, January 31 rescheduled games against the East Fairmont High School Bees. 

The young freshman Bucs got off to a slow start against the Bees, getting outscored 16-4 by East Fairmont in the game’s first quarter. 

The freshman Bucs looked like a completely different team in the second quarter, outscoring the Bees 19-8 in the period to storm back into the game. 6 different Bucs scored for head coach Roberta “Bobbie” Hatcher’s squad. Damion White was at the head of the young Bucs well-balanced attack, leading the team with 11 first half points, including 7 in the team’s huge second quarter. After a tight second period, the Bucs entered the locker-room for halftime, down 24-23.

Coming out of halftime, the freshman Bucs carried over their hot shooting from the second quarter, combining for 16 points in the period, White accounting for 8 of them. Despite the impressive offensive outing, the freshman Bucs were unable to stop the Bees from scoring 20 points in the third quarter, pushing the deficit to 5, down 44-39. Despite White’s best efforts to push the freshman Bucs past the Bees, the team fell short, losing by a final score of 60-54. 

Every member of the freshman Buc team got to play and found the stat sheet against the Bees. White led the way, scoring a total of 28 points on 12 made 2-point field goals to go along with a perfect 4-4 (100%) mark shooting from the free throw line to pace the Bucs offensively. White was in attack-mode all night against the Bees, staying aggressive and scoring in all four quarters. 

Zikiyah Oliver narrowly missed out on being the second freshman Buc to score in double-digits, finishing the game with 9 points. Oliver did most of his work by attacking the basket, scoring on 3 2-point field goals, while shooting 2-5 (40%) from the charity stripe.

Jevon Westfall scored 6 points on 2 made 2-point field goals to complete his perfect 2-2 (100%) mark from the free throw line. Aden McCartney scored 5 points on 2 made 2-point field goals to go along with a 1-2 (50%) shooting mark from the free throw line. Kaiden Marks scored 2 points on a perfect 2-2 (100%) shooting mark from the free throw line. Joseph Shipman scored 2 points on a single made 2-point field goal but recorded a 0-2 (0%) mark from the free throw line.

Slayton Kowalski finished the game with 2 points, coming in the second quarter. Kowalski’s contribution rounds out the scoring numbers for the freshman Bucs against East Fairmont. 

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