TENNERTON — The Buckhannon- Upshur High School boys’ junior varsity basketball team claimed victory in a hotly contested Big 10 Conference battle on Tuesday, December 21. The Bucs junior varsity team has had a rollercoaster start to the season and were looking establish some form of consistency against Preston.
These two teams traded the lead several times in the first quarter. At the end of the first, Preston clung to a narrow 2-point lead, by the score of 12-10. Neither team could get any separation in the second quarter, with the two teams staying within one possession of each other until halftime. Going into the locker-room for halftime, the Bucs trailed by one, 23-22.
The Bucs junior varsity team started the second half off by outscoring the Knights, 14-8 in the third quarter to take a 36-31 lead going into the fourth and final quarter. The Bucs played their best defensive basketball of the night in the third, on their way to earning the lead. The Bucs kept rolling offensively in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points in the final frame to claim a 54-45 victory.
The Bucs had two players reach the double-digit scoring milestone in their win over the Knights. Sophomore forward Luke Yardley led the Bucs in scoring, finishing the game with 14 points. Yardley showcased his deadly spin move on several scoring drives in the game, part of his very strong outing offensively. Freshman guard Carter Zuliani finished with 11 points. Junior Ryan Snyder narrowly missed out on the double-digit scoring milestone, ending up with 9 points on the night. Both junior Keyton Lanier and sophomore Bryson Johnson scored 7 points, while sophomores Nathaniel Ringer and Ryan Kelley, scored 4 and 2 points respectively on the evening.
Following finding some much needed consistency on both sides of the floor in a win over Preston, the Bucs junior varsity team will shift their focus to taking on rival Lewis County later in the week. The Bucs junior varsity team will look to keep trending in the right direction with a rivalry win. Following this rivalry game, the Bucs will take a small break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action at home against Riverside Monday, December 27.