By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
Boys’ high school basketball playoffs are set to begin tonight.
Dueling it out at home will be both Fairmont Senior High School and North Marion High School.
The Polar Bears will be hosting their crosstown rivals in East Fairmont, while North plays longtime foe Oak Glen.
“I’ve liked our preparation since Saturday,” Fairmont Senior head coach Dave Retton said following his team practice Monday evening. “We’ve had two really good days of practice and I think our guys are very focused while having a good level of enthusiasm.”
A little more than a week ago, FSHS and EFHS squared off at the Bee Hive in East Fairmont High School.
During the game, the Bees seemed discombobulated. They managed to tally just 32 points opposed to Fairmont Senior’s 75.
“In athletics and in competition, there’s no carryover,” Retton said. “There aren’t any points that we can take from that game. That game happened and it’s in the past. We have a new game (tonight) and that’s our approach as a staff and for our players. The game is going to start out tied, 0-0, and the team who plays the best basketball will win it.”
In the loss for the Bees, Johnny Manchin led the team in scoring with nine points, Myles Johnson added eight and Luke Hrapchak scored six.
At the bottom of the list is usual double-figure shooter John Bowman. Bowman has been a force for the Bees during his senior season; when he’s a force down under, East is tough to beat; however, when you shut Bowman down, it hurts the flow of the transition offense.