Buchanan boys win third straight, girls fall to Eagles

Published 12:05 pm Wednesday, January 26, 2022

BUCHANAN — The Buchanan boys basketball team is on a roll.

The Bucks defeated visiting Constantine 64-33 to win their third consecutive game Tuesday night.

The Buchanan girls team was not as fortunate, as the Bucks were defeated by Schoolcraft 51-25 in a battle of Division 3 honorable mention squads.


Constantine at Buchanan

Behind Ryan Young’s game-high 21 points, Buchanan improved to 4-5 on the season.

The Bucks led at each quarter break as they turned a 20-13 first-quarter advantage into a 35-20 halftime lead. In the second half, Buchanan outscored the Falcons 29-13 to turn the game into a rout.

Besides Young, the Bucks also got 10 points from Brady Thompson, eight points from Connor Legault, and seven from Thomas VanOverberghe.

Dean Topolski’s 13 points led Constantine (1-8). Lukas Hagenbuch added 11.

The Bucks will host Berrien Springs in a BCS Athletic Conference Red Division contest Friday night. Buchanan will be looking to avenge a 50-47 loss to the Shamrocks back on Dec. 10.


Buchanan at Schoolcraft

Visiting Buchanan was unable to keep pace with perennial state powerhouse Schoolcraft throughout its game Tuesday night.

The Bucks (10-2) had a bad night offensively, which allowed the Eagles to slowly pull away for the win. Buchanan trailed 11-7 after one quarter and 26-14 by halftime. Schoolcraft (9-1) increased its lead to 37-18 heading into the final quarter.

The Bucks did not have a single player reach double figures against the Eagles. Hannah Tompkins led Buchanan with seven points. Hailey Jonatzke added six points. LaBria Austin, who entered the game averaging more than 11 points per game, was held scoreless.

Mackenzie Miller scored a game-high 18 points to pace Schoolcraft, which also got 15 points from Allie Walther and 10 points from Hannah Thompson.

Buchanan hosts Berrien Springs in a BCS Red Division game Friday night.