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Buffalo upsets No. 1 Worland

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Buffalo’s varsity boys basketball team huddles on court

Buffalo’s varsity boys basketball team huddles on court for their pre-game chant on Friday night. The chant is led each week by senior Hunter Stone, center, who rises up first of the group.

Buffalo High School’s varsity boys basketball team hosted Worland on Friday night, Feb. 5, 2021 for a major upset game. Then No. 5 Buffalo topped then No. 1 Worland, taking the lead and winning in the final few minutes of the game. With a larger number of fans allowed in the gym, the close game and big win kept high energy in the stands as fans watched Buffalo pull out a 61-52 win. 

Calvin Rule takes a two point shot as Worland senior Rudy Sanford

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule takes a two point shot as Worland senior Rudy Sanford watches from the ground on Friday night. Rule finished the game with eight points.

Hunter Stone yells as he leaps toward the basket

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone yells as he leaps toward the basket for a layup on Friday night. Stone finished the game with nine points and four fouls.

Blake Bell pulls his rebounded ball down before taking a shot

Buffalo High School sophomore Blake Bell pulls his rebounded ball down before taking a shot on Friday night. Bell was one of two Bison players to not be called for a single foul.

Eli Patterson stretches after he knocked the ball loose and it rolls away

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson stretches after he knocked the ball loose and it rolls away on Friday night. Patterson recovered the ball before the Bison returned it down court.

Each of the varsity players taps  the sign

Each of the varsity players taps the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign that hangs by the door of the locker room as they return to the court after halftime of each home game.

Tanner Hart silently in frustration after another charge was called

Buffalo High School head coach Tanner Hart silently in frustration after another charge was called on Buffalo on Friday night. The could count was high from the start of the game and players were warned at halftime to be careful so as not to foul out.

Coy Johnson pushes through two Worland defenders

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson pushes through two Worland defenders in the third quarter on Friday night. Johnson often leads the team as they return back down the court.

Eli Patterson jumps for two during the third quarter

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson jumps for two during the third quarter on Friday night. Patterson scored on the shot.

Hyrum Hatch talks with freshman Eli Patterson

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch talks with freshman Eli Patterson during a Buffalo free throw on Friday night. The two met up during several of the Buffalo free throws to talk and plan for Worland’s return down court.

Ryan Mader leans down to talk with assistant coach Aaron Mines

Buffalo High School activities director Ryan Mader leans down to talk with assistant coach Aaron Mines as they watch a free throw shot next to assistant coach Josh Olsen and senior Colby Bessler on Friday night. Buffalo narrowly trailed Worland until the fourth quarter when they caught them and began to build a lead.

Hunter Stone yells for a timeout to keep possession

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone yells for a timeout to keep possession of the ball but instead a jump ball was called and the ball returned to Worland on Friday night. Then No. 5 Buffalo took a narrow lead over the No. 1 team with jut a few minutes left in the game, bringing high energy to the gym.

The varsity boys basketball team flies off the bench

The varsity boys basketball team flies off the bench in celebration, screaming as they topped the then No. 1 3A team in the state with a 61-52 win on Friday night. In the following week’s rankings, Buffalo moved up to the No. 3 spot.

Coy Johnson hugs his mom Jennifer

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson hugs his mom Jennifer as the players emerged from the locker room after their post game talk on Friday night. The seniors quickly spread out in the stands and on the court to talk with their parents and family after the win.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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