By Joe Mitchin
Times West Virginian
BRIDGEPORT — Western Pennsylvania charter school Propel Andrew Street proved to be too athletic and too energized in a 77-54 win over East Fairmont in the opening round of the EQT Energy Classic Monday in Bridgeport.
The Panthers cruised to a victory thanks to an effective half-court trap and controlling the pace of the game throughout and caused a frustrating evening for EFHS.
“It may have been a little bit of both,” East Fairmont coach Tyrone Asterino said. “We’ve seen the pace before from other teams, but their wanting to go get the ball and get second chance points was tough.
“Our rebounding was bad, real bad. You have to rebound the ball and you have to play defense.”
East Fairmont showed flashes, but not enough to gather its first win of the season.
The Bees trailed just 20-14 after a quarter, but foul trouble added to PAS’ growing intensity, putting the game out of reach from that point on.
The Panthers outscored the Bees, 21-11, in the second quarter and took a 41-25 lead into the half.
“I don’t think we were aggressive on each offensive possession as we need to be,” Asterino said. “We’re still learning that. They have to learn as we go along. We are four games in and need to be figuring some stuff out.”
Isaiah Adams led Propel Andrew Street with 22 points while Michel Homza added 19.
Brendan Caldwell-Muff added 12 points while Jaelin Livingston chipped in with 10 for the Panthers.
EFHS had three players in double-figures. Myles Johnson led the way with 11 points despite some foul trouble that limited his minutes.
Andrew Slusser and Michael Gaskill each finished with 10 points.
With the loss, East Fairmont will move into the consolation bracket and take on Washington (Pennsylvania) today at 3:30 p.m. as the Bees continue to build on its 0-4 record.
UNIVERSITY 78, NORTH MARION 40
North Marion trailed University 23-12 after one quarter in a game that would only get worse.
The Huskies fell to the Hawks, 78-40, in the opening round of the EQT Energy Classic in Bridgeport on Monday.
“We’re not good enough to play without a lot of effort and the right attitude,” North Marion coach Chris Freeman said. “I told the guys that whatever they did (Monday), do the opposite (Tuesday).”
Will Coulson’s lay-up tied the game at eight, which triggered the beginnings of the rout.
University would go on an immediate 7-0 run and, before long, doubled up the Huskies, 31-14, after a Tanner Burnette 3-pointer.
North Marion was ice cold from the field and was heavily out-rebounded in the loss, its third straight.
The Huskies couldn’t ever climb out of their early hole, trailing by more than 30 in the fourth quarter. The team was down 40 at the 1:12 mark before closing the deficit.
“We are better than what we showed,” Freeman said. “Some games are going to get away from you sometimes. Hopefully that was the only one that will get away from us. We have to come back focused.”
Brandon Dixon and Micah Parrish led the Huskies with nine points, while Coulson finished with eight.
For the Hawks, Geoff Hamperian scored 17 while Ethan Ridgeway tallied 14 points.
With the loss, North Marion will enter the consolation bracket and battle Frankfort at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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