The Robert L. Bland Middle School Patriots JV boys tipped off their 2018-2019 campaign Saturday, Dec. 1, with a convincing win over the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Buccaneers 38-26.
The Patriots jumped out to an early lead after three pointers from Keller Bennett and Hunter Starett found their mark, forcing B-UMS to burn an early time out. After the timeout the Bucs got themselves back in the game and the first quarter ended with B-UMS holding an 8 to 7 lead.
The Patriots began to pull ahead in the second quarter of action in a game that was played at a torrid pace, with both teams using pressure to try to gain an advantage. The Patriots used a three pointer by David Hairfield and points from free throws to extend their halftime lead to 19 to 13.
It was a lead the Patriots would never surrender as they shook off the early season jitters and again outscored the Bucs 19 to 13 in the second half for a 38 to 26 victory to start off the season.
The Patriots were paced in scoring by Bennett who used a pair of threes to help him tally 12 points for the contest in addition to grabbing 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Dylan Messenger made his presence felt inside adding 8 points and grabbing 6 boards.
Pason Kelley added 6 points and 5 caroms including 3 offensive rebounds. Manny Robinson was a terror on opposing ball handlers nabbing 5 steals in the contest.
The JV squad is next in action Thursday, Dec. 6 when they open up the home portion of their schedule against South Harrison Middle with tip-off set for 4 p.m. They will also participate in a four team tournament at Washington Irving Middle School on Friday and Saturday with a scheduled tip off for Friday’s game being set for 7:45 p.m.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Score
RLBMS 7 12 11 8 38
Buckhannon 8 5 6 7 26
Bennett 3 3-11 12 P. Kelley 2 2-2 6 Messenger 3 2-5 8 Robinson 0 2-2 2 Starett 1 0-2 3
Aman 1 0-0 2 Hairfield 1 1-2 4 C. Kelley 0 1-2 1
Includes 3 point field goals by Bennett (2), Starett (1) and Hairfield (1)