By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
The Big 10 is a unique conference in that some teams are in larger classes than others.
Monday when Class AA Fairmont Senior hosted Class AAA Lewis County, the Minutemen proved to be in a class of their own.
Hours after the Polar Bears secured the No. 1 seed in the Region I, Section I playoffs, they appeared overmatched and out of sorts in a 65-46 loss to Lewis County.
“We didn’t have an answer for anything,” Fairmont Senior basketball coach David Retton said. “We went to man-to-man. That didn’t work. We went to zone. That didn’t work. We went to matchup. That didn’t work.”
Lewis County, also the No. 1 seed in their Class AAA section, ran out to a 16-6 lead after one quarter and things only snowballed from there.
The Polar Bears (10-9) trailed by double-digits the entire night, falling behind by as many as 20 late in the fourth quarter.
“We started playing individual ball like we did at the beginning of the year,” said Darhius Nunn, who along with Tavon Horton led the Polar Bears with 11 points. “We really didn’t work the ball around. We kept taking bad shots and that led to good shots for them.”
For Lewis County (14-5), Johnnie Riley proved why he was last season’s Big 10 Player of the Year. He scored 16 of his team-leading 23 points in the first half. Skylar Carlton (15 points) and Joe Nichols (14 points) also finished in double figures for the Minutemen.
The loss was the Polar Bears’ second in a row after their five-game winning streak was halted on Saturday. They will look to get back on track today when they host Philip Barbour.
East blows out Philip Barbour
East Fairmont picked up a decisive win at Philip Barbour Monday night, 68-40.
The Bees took a 15-9 lead after one quarter and extended it to 29-16 at the half before really pulling away, 44-26, in the third.
Nick Greely led the way with 28 points. Myles Johnson scored 12. Ronnie Mills (nine), David Wadsworth (eight), Ty Lawson (four), Eli Aberegg (three), Ryan Bower (two) and Ian Hayhurst (two) also made their way onto the stat sheet in the blowout.
The Bees will return to action tonight to host Grafton.
“It’s a good win, a conference win on the road,” said East Fairmont basketball coach Tyrone Asterino. “We’ll come back tomorrow ready to go.”
North Marion powers past Buckhannon-Upshur
North Marion spoiled Buckhannon-Upshur’s senior night Monday by beating the Bucs, 55-45.
The Huskies (10-10) jumped ahead 17-12 in the first quarter and survived a small run from B-U in the second quarter to take a 27-25 lead into the half.
Then in the third, the Huskies erupted on a 15-4 run and hung on in the fourth to pick up the win.
Chase Banker led the team with 21 points. Cody Opron had 14. Micah Parrish (six), Quintin Markley (four), Cole Richards (three), Devin Ayersman (three) and Kurt Rogers (two) also scored in the win.
“We shared the ball a lot better than we have in the last couple games,” said North Marion assistant coach Justin Balwanz. “I thought we did a good job of being patient and sharing the ball. It was a good team win.”
The Huskies will travel to Robert C. Byrd Wednesday with the hopes of upsetting Class AA’s top-ranked team.
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