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February 13, 2014

Nunn lifts Polar Bears over Bees, 46-44: PHOTOS

FAIRMONT — Darhius Nunn knew right away that his shot was going in.

With the game tied at 44 and a minute left on the clock, Fairmont Senior went into a continuity offense to hold for the last shot. Time wound down, and with six second left, the Polar Bear sophomore guard drove along the baseline, then stepped back to hit the game-winning shot.

It lifted Fairmont Senior over cross-town rival East Fairmont, 46-44 at the Woody Williams Armory Wednesday night.

“This is one of the best moments of my life,” said Nunn, who finished the game with 13 points to lead all Polar Bears.

Fairmont Senior (7-7) needed a late rally just to put itself in position to win the game on its final possession. The Polar Bears trailed East Fairmont (6-9) from the mid-way point in the second quarter until the final shot.

With four minutes remaining in the game, East Fairmont’s Myles Johnson hit a pair of free throws to put the Bees up 44-39. But those were the last points the Bees would make.

Fairmont Senior turned up the defensive intensity with a full-court press, forcing East Fairmont into five turnovers in the closing minutes. Nunn’s shot capped a 7-0 run to close out the game.

"We were in the lead the whole game basically,” said East Fairmont’s Nick Greely, who scored 15 of his team-leading 21 points in the first half. “Then with the press, we lost it. We just couldn't get a bucket."

The game was yet another last-second thriller for a Fairmont Senior team that has played more than its share of games down to the wire.

In addition to Wednesday’s game, the Polar Bears beat Brooke, Bridgeport and University in one-possession contests. They also lost a one-possession, triple-overtime game to Robert C. Byrd and a two-possession game to Elkins.

“We’re a very young team,” said Fairmont Senior coach David Retton. “To have that maturity says a lot about the goals that they’ve set and the direction that they want to go in.”

Nunn and Greely were the only two scorers in double figures. For Fairmont Senior, eight others contributed baskets. Ike Childers and Blake Cehajic added eighth each, Tavon Horton pitched in six, Ben Taylor had three and Joseph Leon, Jacob Casalinuova, Joseph Harold and Michael Holloway added two a piece.

For East Fairmont, Brennon Vincent and Myles Johnson finished with seven points. Jake Delaney, Ronnie Mills and Ian Hayhurst scored three each.

The Polar Bears will look to extend their winning streak to three in a row Saturday when they host Westside. East Fairmont, meanwhile, will play against Webster County on Friday.

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

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