The hardwood heats up in West Virginia tonight as the undefeated Charleston Catholic Irish take on the Buffalo Bison in a crucial home conference game. While the records might suggest a lopsided affair, Buffalo’s home court and scrappy play promise a challenge for the state-ranked Irish.
What it is: West Virginia High School Basketball
Matchup: Buffalo Bison vs Charleston Catholic Irish
Time: Friday, January 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Locations: Buffalo, WV
Game type: home conference game
Live Stream: Watch here
The Charleston Catholic Irish have been on a tear so far this season, soaring to a perfect 9-0 record. They boast a potent offense, averaging 72.3 points per game, led by the dynamic scoring duo of senior guard #10 Patrick Robinson and junior forward #24 Liam O’Toole. Their suffocating defense, allowing only 47.1 points per game, has been equally impressive. The Irish are ranked #3 in the state and #1 in their division, and they’re determined to keep their winning streak alive.
Despite their 5-3 record, the Buffalo Bison shouldn’t be underestimated. They’re a scrappy team that plays with heart and hustle, especially in their own gym. They’re ranked #51 in the state and #9 in their division, and they’re hungry to pull off a major upset against the favored Irish. Look for senior guard #5 Jason Collins, a three-point specialist, and junior forward #12 Matthew Davis, a tenacious rebounder, to make their presence felt.
This matchup pits two contrasting styles against each other. Charleston Catholic relies on their up-tempo offense and athleticism, while Buffalo prefers a slower, grind-it-out approach. The key for the Bison will be to contain the Irish’s perimeter shooters and limit second-chance opportunities. For the Irish, it’s all about maintaining their composure and executing their game plan against a physical opponent.
This game is too close to call. While Charleston Catholic’s talent and record give them a slight edge, Buffalo’s home-court advantage and their never-say-die attitude could make it a nail-biter. Expect a tightly contested battle that goes down to the wire, with both teams leaving everything they have on the court.