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Carter Zuliani (10) had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with five points in Buckhannon-Upshur's 58-39 win over Elkins Friday night. (Bobbie Hatcher/My Buckhannon)

Fast start lead Bucs to an easy 58-39 road victory over Tigers

ELKINS – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers won their third game in a row after completely dominating the Elkins Tigers in a 58-39 win Friday night.

The Bucs put four players in double digits as Jerin Westfall scored 12, Malaki Williams and Jevon Westfall 11 each and Ian Strader 10.

The Bucs had a huge margin in the rebounding battle which they won by a 48-29 count with Carter Zuliani pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Brock Holland hit a three-pointer for Elkins with 1:04 gone in the game to put the Tigers up by a 3-2 score. It was the only time the Bucs trailed in the contest.

They answered that three-pointer with a 13-0 run for a 15-3 advantage and took a 17-7 lead into the second quarter.

Elkins cut the lead down to 20-12 with 5:12 left in the half, but Jevon Westfall nailed a trey, and after a basket from Elkins’ Dylan Hinzman, Zuliani and Ian Strader scored consecutive baskets to close the half treating B-U to a 27-14 lead at the break.

Adam Lambert made two free throws for Elkins, bring the Tigers to within seven at the 4:12 mark of the third quarter, but the Bucs responded with a 9-0 run behind an 18-footer from Strader, a three-pointer from Jerin Westfall, two free throws from Malaki Williams and a lay-up by Jaden Westfall.

That gave the Bucs a 38-22 lead with 2:22 left in the third quarter as they took a 40-23 advantage going into the final eight minutes of action.

A 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter after two baskets from Strader and one from Williams gave the Bucs a 46-23 lead.

The closest Elkins could get the rest of the way was 16 points after a trey from Caleb Ray made it a 55-39 contest with 22 seconds remaining.

Jevon Westfall had an old-fashioned three-point play to wrap up the scoring with 12 seconds left.

Levi Wanless led Elkins with 10 points as the Tigers dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-10 in the Big 10.

The game, which was the final road contest of the season for the Bucs, improved to 13-5 overall and 8-4 in conference play.

The Bucs, who have four home games remaining, will be idle now until Saturday when they host Woodrow Wilson at 1 p.m.

The boxscore:

Buckhannon-Upshur  17  10  13  18 – 58

Elkins 7  7  9  16 – 39

Buckhannon-Upshur 58

Jerin Westfall 4-8 0-0 12; Malaki Williams 3-3 5-6 11; Jevon Westfall 3-8 4-5 11; Ian Strader 4-10 2-4 10; Carter Zuliani 2-5 1-4 5; Jaden Westfall 2-3 1-6 5; Nathaniel Ringer 1-5 1-2 3; Luke Yardley 0-1 0-0 0; Bryson Johnston 0-0 1-4 1; Brody McDaniels 0-0-0-0 0. Totals 19-43 15-31 58.

Elkins 39

Levi Wanless 1-7 8-13 10; Brock Holland 3-11 0-0 8; Dylan Hinzman 3-10 0-0 7; Caleb Ray 2-3 1-2 5; Aiden Lambert 1-4 2-2 4; Lucas D’Angelo 1-2 0-0 3; DJ Louk 1-4 0-0 2; Drew Hinzman 0-1 0-0 0; AJ Friedman 0-1 0-0 0; Matthew Mahoney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-43 11-17 39.

Three-point field goals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Jerin Westfall 4-7; Jevon Westfall 1-3; Ringer 0-1; Strader 0-1; Yardley 0-1. Totals 5-13; Elkins: Holland 2-8; Dylan Hinzman 1-6; D’Angelo 1-1; Lambert 0-1; Drew Hinzman 0-1; Totals 4-17.

Rebounds – Buckhannon-Upshur: Zuliani 13; deadball 10; Strader 6; Williams 5; Jerin Westfall 4; Ringer 3; team 3; Jaden Westfall 2; Johnston 1; Yardley 1. Totals; 48; Elkins: Lambert 7; Holland 4; deadball 4; Drew Hinzman 3; Ray 3; Dylan Hinzman 2; Louk 2; Wanless 2; team 2. Totals 29.

Assists – Buckhannon-Upshur: Strader 5; Jaden Westfall 1; Jerin Westfall 1;  Zuliani 1. Totals 8; Elkins: Wanless 2; D’Angelo 1; Friedman 1; Holland 1; Lambert 1. Totals 6.

Steals – Buckhannon-Upshur: Ringer 1; Strader 1; Jaden Westfall 1; Jerin Westfall 1; Williams 1; Yardley 1. Totals 6; Elkins: Dylan Hinzman 1; Holland 1; Louk 1; Wanless 1. Totals 4.

Blocked shots – Buckhannon-Upshur: Jerin Westfall 1; Zuliani 1. Totals 2; Elkins: Drew Hinzman 1; Holland 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – Buckhannon-Upshur: 10; Elkins: 12.

Fouls – Buckhannon-Upshur: 13; Elkins 20.

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