The Times West Virginian

December 22, 2013

County basketball teams go 1-for-3

EFHS wins; NMHS, FSHS fall in Big 10/ Cardinal Challenge

Times West Virginian

— East Fairmont 61

Sissonville 56

East Fairmont pulled past Sissonville Saturday in the Big 10/ Cardinal Challenge, 61-56.

Junior point guard Brennon Vincent led the way for the Bees, scoring 19 points. Much of this scoring can be attributed to his late-game free throw shooting. He went 11-for-14 from the line, many of these attempts coming in the closing stretch.

“Brennon Vincent was really, really key late in the game,” East Fairmont coach Tyrone Asterino said. “He was handling the ball a lot late, and 11-for-14 is clutch.”

Vincent was one of three Bees in double figures on the afternoon. Myles Johnson had 12 points and Nick Greely put up 10.

“There’s a lot of length we can put on the floor,” Asterino said. “Tonight we used it.”

East Fairmont came out strong and took a 31-16 lead into the break. But after the half, Sissonville made a run to pull the team back into the game.

Several times in the fourth quarter Sissonville cut the Bees’ lead to just three, but East Fairmont held off the comeback attempt.

“We got a couple rebounds that were critical. We hit some shots that were critical. And we made some defensive stops that were critical,” Asterino said.

The victory improves East Fairmont’s record to 2-2 overall.

Asterino said it was a nice way to bounce back after losing to Marion County-rival North Marion earlier this week.

“It's good to come back and get a win after the type of game that we had with North (Marion),” he said. “It was good to see that our kids battled and got on track a little bit. I’m very proud of them as a team. I think they handled difficult situations well.”

East Fairmont is back in action Saturday at Keyser.

Chapmanville 72

North Marion 43

North Marion suffered a tough defeat against Chapmanville Saturday, falling, 72-43, in the Big 10/ Cardinal Challenge.

“Every year there is that one game that you don’t want to remember. That was probably today,” said senior Chase Banker.

For the first time this season Cody Opron finished the game without a double-double. He and Matt Martin posted nine points to lead North Marion in scoring.

Kurt Rodgers (five points), Micah Parrish (five points), Devin Ayersman (three points), Brandon Dixon (three points) and Cole Richards (two points) also made their way onto the stat sheet.

But it wasn’t enough for the Huskies.

Chapmanville jumped out to an early 23-6 lead in the first quarter and the Huskies never recovered.

“We let them get that confidence going and we never got our confidence going,” Banker said. “They kept that momentum going the whole game.”

The Huskies will look to rebound from the loss this week when they play in the Westside holiday tournament.

Banker said, “Hopefully we can get back on track and prove to the state that we weren't the team that showed up today.”

The loss dropped the Huskies to 3-1 on the season.

Scott 66

Fairmont Senior 59

Fairmont Senior’s late rally fell short Saturday evening when the Polar Bears were defeated by Scott, 66-59.

The Polar Bears got off to a slow start. They shot just 19 percent in the first half and fell behind by 13 points.

Scott stretched the lead to 44-27 in the third quarter, but the Polar Bears rallied. They cut the lead to just four, 63-59, with 31 seconds remaining. But that was as close as Fairmont Senior would get.

Sophomore guard Darhius Nunn sparked the comeback with a career-high 22 points, 18 of which came from 3-pointers. Fellow sophomores Michael Holloway and Joseph Leon also finished in double figures. Both put up 11 points.

Blake Cehajic (eight points), Issac Childers (four points) and Tavon Horton (three points) also made their way onto the stat sheet for the Bears.

The loss drops Fairmont Senior to 1-2 on the season. The team will look to get back in the win column Friday against University High at Robert C. Byrd’s holiday tournament.