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Prep Sports

December 15, 2012

Bears look to bounce back from 0-2 start

FAIRMONT — Thursday was not what David Retton would qualify as a good night’s rest.

“I slept about one hour,” Retton, Fairmont Senior’s veteran boys’ basketball coach said of the wee hours after his Polar Bears let a late lead slip away in a 77-74 overtime loss to visiting North Marion.

No, he wasn’t tossing and turning because the Huskies beat FSHS for the first time in a long time — four years overall, and six since they last won at the Woody Williams Armory — but because of how his team played down the stretch.

They had costly turnovers.

They went from taking a open shot in one instance to forcing something on the next possession.

And usually good foul shooters, they couldn’t find any consistency at the line — the Polar Bears went 16 of 25 overall (64 percent) and after making the first two of the fourth, went 1-2 on their final seven trips.

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