By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
The East Fairmont High School boys’ basketball team lost three of its best players from a season ago, but this year, the team thinks it has a balanced nucleus that can be effective day in and day out.
“We have a lot of carryover because we do have seven returning seniors and that’s good,” said East Fairmont head basketball coach Tyrone Asterino. “A couple of those kids only played one year of JV, and now they’re a senior, but we have a nice nucleus of kids. We have some nice size — which for us is not normally something that we do have. We normally have a lot of shooters, and sometimes not a lot of size to go with them. This year, we’re in reverse of that.”
Leading the cause for the Bees is senior captain John Bowman. He was a force on the boards and the defensive side of the ball last year when he scarfed 174 rebounds and blocked 35 shots.
Although Bowman leads the defensive side of the ball, EFHS will be without leading scorers Seth Corwin, Joseph Cassalinuova and Evan Gorman, who graduated in the spring.
Cassalinuova added 22.2 points per game and 45 assists while shooting nearly 80 percent from the free throw line. Corwin provided 12.3 points per game, 105 rebounds and 33 blocked shots. The Bees’ other star was Evan Gorman, who scored 12.5 points per game, tallied 111 rebounds, added 59 assists, tallied 22 blocked shots and shot 77.3 percent from the line.
Asterino said it will be tough to replace the three athletes, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
“We’re trying to find out where that scoring is coming from,” Asterino said. “We have to find some kids who will step up and do some scoring. It’s not going to be like Cassalinuova last year, who averaged 22 points per game and you knew night in and night out that a huge chunk of the scoring was going to be coming from him.