Editor’s Note: Each week, the My Buckhannon sports team will be selecting a highly anticipated competition as their game of the week. This week, we chose the BU hosting Riverside as part of a non-conference competition.
TENNERTON – The Riverside Warriors had no response for slowing down senior Buckhannon-Upshur goalie Harrison Walker during their non-conference contest on Monday night at the high school gymnasium.
Walker scored 24 points, a game-high, including five three-pointers in the Bucs’ 64-47 victory.
Walker torched the Warriors 2-3 zone during the contest.
âRiverside was in that 2-3 defense for a while and it allowed me to shoot the light,â Walker said. “They just gave me too many open looks in this defense.”
Walker led the Bucs in scoring early in the game averaging 17.4 points per game, which he attributed to defenses preoccupied with attacking play by teammate Lamar Hurst.
“I think the teams initially thought they could overtake the Lamar team, but that’s not the case anymore,” Walker said. âThey overtake him and that leaves me wide open. Then, if the teams start to overtake my team, that leaves the field open to him. It’s hard to protect us both.
âHarrison can shoot the ball,â said Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. âHe was the guy we were looking for tonight. He was a bit under the weather tonight, but getting him 31 minutes and 24 points is pretty special. He’s a special child.
The Bucs shot the ball well, scoring 52 percent of their baskets (26 for 50).
âWe did a good job attacking their area and luckily we managed to reverse our shots,â said Foster. “It was difficult for them to defend us staying in the 2-3 because we took them out once or twice, which we took care of when they also got out.”
Buckhannon-Upshur never lagged in the game as they rushed to an early 7-0 lead just two minutes from a Hurst pullback, Walker three-pointer and a lay- up of Sterlin Thropp.
Walker drained a trey to wrap up the first quarter as the Bucs took a 15-9 advantage in the second stanza.
Buckhannon-Upshur’s defense, who flew towards the ball all night and forced Riverside to make 23 turnovers, limited the Warriors to just six points in the second quarter.
âPlaying defense and turning teams around is kind of our game,â Foster said. âWe are not a great offensive team. I think we are fortunate enough to be, but right now our defense is really dictating our attack. The energy that our defense brings is fun to watch. Our defense is what saves us right now. The way we can put pressure on the ball has saved us a few times this season.
Up 18-15, the Bucs finished the second quarter on an 8-0 run behind a Walker three-pointer, an old-fashioned three-point play from Hurst after he suffered a a foul on his layup basket, and Walker led the way for a buzzed layup as the Bucs took a 26-15 lead with them in halftime.
A 6-0 run early in the third quarter behind a pair of Shawn Blandino baskets and a layup from Ian Strader gave the Bucs a 36-19 advantage with 5:12 left in the third quarter.
A three-point walker gave the Bucs their biggest lead of the game to start the fourth quarter, at 22 points, at 51-29.
A 9-0 Warriors run made it 51-38 and Riverside was able to cut the deficit to 11, at 55-44, with 3:23 remaining, but a monstrous Hurst dunk put the Bucs back in. lead in 14, at 58-44, and the Warriors couldn’t get any closer than 14 points in the final two minutes of action.
Hurst added 21 points and took a team-high seven rebounds in the Bucs’ victory.
Blandino added nine points and Strader six.
The victory improved the Bucs to 5-1 on the year.
Braydin Ward scored a high 18 points for Riverside, which is down to 1-5 this season.
The Bucs will be back in action on Wednesday as they visit the Parkersburg Big Red in a non-conference game.
The tip for the contest will be 7:30 p.m.
Riverside 9 6 14 18 – 47
Buckhannon-Upshur 15 11 22 16 – 64
Quartier Braydin 9-11 0-3 18; Donald Naylor 5-9 2-2 15; Peyton foreman 4-10 2-2 10; Tyler Perdue 2-5 0-0 4; Micah Carelli 0-2 0-0 0; Samson Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0; Michael Terrell 0-1 0-0 0; Jamil Crockett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-39 4-7 47.
Harrison Walker 9-18 1-3 24; Lamar Hurst 8-14 4-6 21; Shawn Blandino 4-6 1-29; Ian Strader 3-4 0-0 6; Sterlin Thropp 1-2 0-1 2; Oliver King 1-1 0-0 2; Zach Calef-boring 0-3 0-0 0; Mason Hyre 0-2 0-0 0; Jaden Westfall 0-0 0-0 0; Carter Zuliani 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 6-12 64.
Three-point field goals – Riverside: Naylor 3-6; foreman 0-2; Carelli 0-1; Lost 0-1. Totals 3-10; Buckhannon-Upshur: Walker 5-10; Hurst 1-2; Hyre 0-2; Calef-boring 0-1. Totals 6-15.
Rebounds – Riverside: Ward 7; Lost 5; Mitchell 4; foreman 4; team 3; Naylor 2; Carelli 2. Totals 27; Buckhannon-Upshur: Hurst 7; team 7; Thropp 2; Walker 2; dead bullet 2; Calef-Boring 1; Blandino 1; King 1; West Falls 1; Strader 1. Totals 25.
Help – Riverside: Mitchell 2; Carelli 2; foreman 2; Quarter 2; Naylor 1; Terrell 1. Totals 10; Buckhannon-Upshur: Thropp 5; Strader 4; Walker 2; Calef-Boring 1; Hyre 1. Totals 13.
Fly – Riverside: Perdue 2; Carelli 1. Totals 3; Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 6; Throp 4; Blandino 2; Calef-Boring 1; Hurst 1. Totals 14.
Blocked shots – Riverside: Quarter 2; Foreman 1. Totals 3; Buckhannon-Upshur: Blandino 2. Totals 2.
Turnover – Riverside: 23; Buckhannon-Upshur: 10.
Personal faults – Riverside: 16; Buckhannon-Upshur: 11.