Roundup: Bucks win, Eddies and Chieftains fall

Published 10:57 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2023

BUCHANAN — Matt Trigg scored a game-high 24 points as host Buchanan opened its 2023-24 boys basketball season with a 70-41 win over Eau Claire Tuesday night.

Meanwhile in Berrien Springs, the host Shamrocks edged Edwardsburg 52-45 in a non-conference contest, while visiting Vicksburg won the battle between former Wolverine Conference opponents with its 63-50 victory over host Dowagiac.


Eau Claire at Buchanan

The first half was close, with the Bucks (1-0) taking a 24-23 lead to the locker room.

It was all Buchanan in the second half as the Bucks outscored the Beavers 46-18 to earn the opening night victory.

Buchanan exploded for 26 points in the third quarter to open up a 50-34 lead on Eau Claire. The Bucks added 20 points in the four quarter to completed the blowout.

Besides Trigg, Buchanan also got was points from Preston Payne and 10 points from Logan Wiggins.

Daquarious Travis led the Beavers (0-1) with 19 points. He was the lone Eau Claire player to reach double figures.

The Bucks head to Dowagiac to open its Lakeland Conference schedule Thursday night.


Edwardsburg at Berrien Springs

The Shamrocks (1-0) outscored the Eddies (0-10 17-8 in the fourth quarter to rally for the victory.

The two teams traded leads at the quarter breaks with Edwardsburg leading 13-10 after one quarter and 37-35 heading to the final eight minutes of play.

Berrien Springs led 28-25 at halftime and when it counted most, when time expired in the contest.

JJ Franks scored a game-high 26 points, which included four 3-pointers, to lead the Shamrocks, who also got 12 points from Brady Blasko.

Will Moore led the Eddies with 17 points. Brody Schimpa added 10 points.

The Eddies will host Plainwell Friday night in their Wolverine Conference opener.


Vicksburg at Dowagiac

A 27-point second quarter allowed the Bulldogs to turn a 14-11 advantage into a 41-20 lead at halftime against the Chieftains, who were unable to recover.

Vicksburg (1-0) led 57-35 heading into the final quarter.

Josh Winchester-Jones led the Chieftains (0-1) with 14 points, while Gianni Villalobos and Brayden Irvin-Diaz added 12 points each.