No. 2 Morgantown sinks East, 83-41
By Andrew Manzo
Following East Fairmont's first win of the season, the Bees had to meet up
with Morgantown Wednesday night at the MHS gymnasium.
Talk about timely scheduling.
Regardless, the Bees had hoped to build on their initial win, but instead
took a couple steps backward as the No. 2 Mohigans rolled to an 83-41 North
Central Athletic Conference victory.
To go along with the loss, East Fairmont's effort did not please its first-
year head coach, either.
"We were hoping to take a positive step after coming down last Friday and
beating University High," Bees head coach Ty Asterino said. "As you can tell,
we didn't do that.
"(Morgantown) is the number two team in the state, and you can't take that
away from them. But it's a shame that our kids didn't come in here and battle
and put forth an effort. I'm real disappointed in our effort and the way we
On the other side of the court, Morgantown used a sound passing game to go
along with a balanced scoring attack to get the ball rolling in the opening
"I think our passing keyed everything on offense," Morgantown head coach Tom
Yester said. "Then when you outrebound a team by a lot, get a lot of players
scoring and have the assists like we did, things go your way."
Asterino was certainly impressed by Morgantown's passing.
"Everybody talks about their shooting and size, but I told my team in the
pregame, both times before we played them, that they're the best passing team
in the state," the head coach admitted.
"Now I haven't seen all of the teams play, but I'm going to tell you, they
know where the other men are located. They know how to skip and reverse the
ball, and they've got shooters on the other end of the passing. They are a
very hard team to defend."
Even with starting forward Kameron Law on the bench after the senior picked
up three fouls in the game's first 2:10 ¯ the third being a technical ¯ the
rest of the Mohigans turned the game up a notch.
Picking up the slack in Law's absence was center Ben Torsney, who scored
eight first-quarter points. Torsney scored all 12 of his points in the first
"That's probably his second-best game of the year," Yester said. "He had a
great game against Brooke earlier, but he had a nice game here. Plus he had a
rough game at John Marshall the last time out, so this was good for him."
Morgantown jumped out to a 21-9 lead after one quarter and kept the pressure
coming in the second, guiding the Mohigans to a 43-19 halftime advantage.
>From there, the Mohigans never looked back.
Earlier in the season, East Fairmont had a respectable showing against
Morgantown on its home floor, but this time out was a different story all
"We played with zero energy and zero focus," Asterino lamented. "When you
have those two things going against you, it's hard to beat anyone.
"We were ready to come in here and take another positive step or at least do
some things positive. But I'm going to be honest, I think we took a couple
Chris Carey again led the Mohigans in scoring with 17 points, including a
perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line, while 11 of 12 Morgantown players scored
in the game.
As for the Bees, Josh Wray was tops on the score sheet with 15 points. Wray
also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Outside of Wray, eight other Bees scored with Tyson Shaffer leading that
group with six points.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for East Fairmont (1-9, 1-5). The Bees
will travel to North Marion Friday. The Huskies are coming off an impressive
66-34 win over West Fairmont.