By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
The East Fairmont boys’ basketball team stung the Lincoln Cougars during its opening game, 53-42.
Paving the way for the Bees was senior sensation John Bowman, who towered over his competition; he finished the game with a double-double of 10 points and 18 boards.
“John Bowman played incredibly well,” East Fairmont head coach Tyrone Asterino said. “He had a double-double, he’s a senior, and that’s what he’s supposed to do. He played well.”
“Just getting rebounds leads to fast breaks and easy baskets,” Bowman said. “You get a rebound and then everybody runs to the corner and it allows for easy threes and easy baskets.”
When Bowman had a rebound, it left Johnny Manchin open in the far corner for a three. He lit up the first half with three 3-pointers that gave the Bees a comfortable 13-0 lead.
“Manchin is a first-year player because he came in here in the middle of last year and he didn’t play,” Asterino said. “For his first game out here in an East Fairmont uniform, he did shoot the ball extremely well early. He’s a heady player and plays smart — he did give us a huge spark.”
Following the opening lead, Lincoln was able to cut the deficit to six. Leading 16-10 with 4:33 remaining in the second quarter, Bowman swatted a ball that almost went into the stands.
“Blocks make the crowd get involved,” Bowman said. “I like when the crowd gets energetic — it makes me play harder and it makes the guys play harder. When there’s a big crowd, it’s real and everyone goes hard.”