The Times West Virginian

Sports

February 26, 2014

Bees’ rally falls short against Grafton: PHOTOS

FAIRMONT — With flowers, wide smiles and even a few tears, the Busy Bee Band & Honey Bees celebrated Senior Night Tuesday at East Fairmont High School.

The Bee basketball team, meanwhile, struggled to find the rhythm early, picked up the tempo, nearly forced an encore, but ended up falling just a little bit flat, as Grafton defeated East Fairmont to the tune of 58-54.



“I’m proud of our guys’ effort,” said East Fairmont coach Tyrone Asterino. “We got back in the game, but we came up short.”

After trailing by as many as 11 points, the Bees (8-11) had the ball out of bounds with 25 seconds remaining, trailing by three.

They inbounded it to Brennon Vincent at the top of the key, but his 3-pointer was just off the mark. He scurried to grab the loose rebound and again put up a 3 that skipped off the rim.

Grafton (11-8) missed the front half of a 1-and-1, leaving the door open for the Bees. But the third time was not the charm for East Fairmont.

Junior guard Ryan Bower missed another 3-pointer and Grafton hit a foul shot to close out the game.

“We stuck around. We didn’t put our heads down. We came back,” said sophomore guard Nick Greely, who paced the Bees with 24 points and six rebounds.

“But we still would have liked to have won,” he added.

The loss spoiled what was yet another solid performance from Greely. He has steadily shown improvement throughout the season and played with more confidence in the paint as a result.

“He’s playing extremely well,” Asterino said. “I think it’s a maturation process. Stuff that was said over and over and over, I think it’s sinking in. I think he’s making better decisions on the floor and quicker plays on the floor.”

Greely was joined in double figures by Vincent, who had 13. Myles Johnson cleaned up on the boards, pulling down nine rebounds to go along with his six points. Ronnie Mills scored seven points and Colton Toothman rounded it out with four.

While the Bees missed several 3-pointers that could have tied the game, the Bearcats built their early lead thanks in large part to the deep ball, with nine of their 19 field goals coming from beyond the arc.

“We have good shooters and we try to get a lot of open looks,” said Grafton coach Andy Sorine. “When they’re hitting, we’re a really good team.”

Junior guard Mitchel Crutchfield hit three of the Bearcats’ 3-pointers to finish with 11 points. Sophomore guard Chris Smith added another 3-pointer to the tally on his way to scoring 11. Even Grafton’s big man and leading scorer Skylar Rucker nailed a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc. He finished with 18 points.

The Bees will close out the season Thursday when they host Webster County. They will then square off with North Marion in the Region I, Section I playoffs.

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Post 17 #18-Post 1 #2  run copy.jpg Wheeling holds off Post 17 rally in state tournament opener: PHOTOS

    Wheeling Post 1 pitcher Mo Felt nearly went the distance in a 7-6 victory over Fairmont Post 17 on Tuesday afternoon at the West Virginia American Legion Baseball State Tournament at Hawley Field.
    Felt struck out seven in 8.1 innings of work in the team’s first-round victory over Fairmont.

    July 31, 2014 9 Photos

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Must WVU defense carry offense in ’14?

    The other day the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story under the following headline:
    “In a year of change, must the Steelers’ offense carry the defense this year?”
    Reading that turned on a light.

    July 31, 2014

  • WVU takes first step today

    Perhaps the most used — and least factual — cliché in sports is as follows:
    “There’s no tomorrow.”
    Around these parts, however, tomorrow is what they are clinging to, while putting a new twist on the cliché, turning it to, “There’s no yesterday.”

    July 31, 2014

  • Pirates’ gaffe on bases proves costly

    Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
    Too bad for Hurdle, what we watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.
    A timely, heads-up glance by reliever Jean Machi helped San Francisco take advantage of a gaffe on the bases by Pittsburgh, and the Giants tagged out of two runners who wandered away on the same play grab momentum and end a six-game losing streak.

    July 31, 2014

  • Speedy Shazier making quick impression

    Ryan Shazier grew up the football equivalent of a Rorschach test.
    Some coaches looked at Shazier’s 6-foot-1 frame with plenty of room to grow and saw a defensive end. Others focused on his blazing speed and saw a safety.
    Not Shazier.

    July 31, 2014

  • Wheeling holds off Post 17 rally in state tourney opener

    Wheeling Post 1 pitcher Mo Felt nearly went the distance in a 7-6 victory over Fairmont Post 17 on Tuesday afternoon at the West Virginia American Legion Baseball State Tournament at Hawley Field.

    July 30, 2014

  • Big ‘I’ golf coming to Pete Dye

    The Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship will make its first trip to West Virginia when Pete Dye Golf Club hosts the 46th annual installment of the event Aug. 5-8.
    The Pete Dye course, ranked No. 45 on Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses and No. 9 on Golfweek’s ranking of Best Modern Courses, will host 160 of the best junior golfers from 40 states during the 72-hole stroke play event.

    July 30, 2014

  • Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers

    Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.
    “This organization is all about championships, period,” Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “We don’t look at Western Conference finals, Western Conference championships. We look at (NBA) championships. And we know we have some work ahead of us, but I’m excited. ... I love challenges anyway, so this is going to be fun.”

    July 30, 2014

  • Opinion: People running NCAA may not be bumbling idiots

    Two down, one big one to go.
    And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren’t the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be.
    The NCAA’s agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give some former and current athletes a bit of peace of mind — if no real money. It also extricates the organization from another serious threat to its existence, one that could have potentially bankrupted it if everyone who ever suffered a concussion playing college sports were somehow able to cash in.

    July 30, 2014

  • Steelers Camp Footbal_time2.jpg Bell looking for more decisive, productive season

    Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.
    There were times during his rookie season when the Pittsburgh Steelers running back would place his hand on an offensive lineman’s back and wait patiently for the hole to open.
    Sometimes, one would appear. Sometimes it wouldn’t, mainly because whatever sliver of daylight existed had already been swallowed by darkness while Bell was still trying to read the blocks in front of him.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
Auto Racing Breaking News
Auto Racing Standings