Fairmont Senior ends regular season with 21-point win | High school sports


FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Senior Polar Bears ended their regular-season game schedule on Saturday as they cruise to the playoffs 18-3 after a convincing 70-49 win over the Charleston Catholic Irish.

The Bears got double-doubles from each of Zycheus Dobbs and DeSean Goode. Dobbs finished with 13 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, while Goode had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.

Fairmont Senior limited opponents to around 10 points in three of four quarters of play on Saturday – the Irish scored nine points in the first, 11 in the second and 12 in the fourth. Charleston struggled to separate from the dribble or around the screens as the Polar Bears defense held the Irish to 36.5 percent shooting from the field.

The Bears didn’t turn opponents around as much as in previous games, recording four interceptions as a team, but they didn’t allow any easy shots, they didn’t allow a lot of free throws – Charleston Catholic shot 10 – 16 on the game – and just as important was that Fairmont Senior didn’t turn the ball around much themselves, with eight team turnovers.

While Fairmont Senior may not have fouled many Irish shots, they fould plenty of other fouls. Charleston Catholic got the bonus in both halves, with the Bears committing eight fouls in the first half and seven in the second. Fortunately, Fairmont Senior didn’t pay too much on Saturday, as the Irish only shot 1-3 on bonus free throws. Still, it was the only black mark on an otherwise complete defensive performance.

“Fouls kill your momentum,” Fairmont Senior head coach David Retton said. “When you foul it kills the timing, it kills the flow of the game. It takes away all the work you’re doing. A foul is just a mistake. We don’t want to foul. I thought second period we did a better job.”

On the attacking side, it was Zycheus Dobbs’ spectacle for the first 16 minutes. Dobbs delivered eight assists in the first half, hitting roll-men on high screen action and smashing the defense on drives to throw it under or return it to the 3-point line. Fairmont Senior went 4-7 of 3 in the first quarter, with all four marks coming from assists from Dobbs.

Dobbs hurt his ankle in January, an injury he’s still working on, but it was hard to say on Saturday.

“His vision of the pitch was very good today,” said Retton. “He found the man open, he was very aggressive with the ball and his ankle is improving. He’s a kid, he doesn’t say anything about his ankle. Played on an injured ankle – in fact he played on two injured ankles. Playing through that he was really really good, he fought through that. Today he had a really good ground game.

While Dobbs was the Bears’ lead setter against Charleston Catholic, DeSean Goode took over as scorer. The junior had an incredibly efficient 20 points on 8-9 shots from the field and 4-4 shots from the line.

Playing as the only big with Eric Smith out with an injury he suffered last week at Notre Dame, Goode impressed with his court awareness and decision making down low.

“What I liked about the second half was that he was very active in opening up places in the defence,” Retton said. “He was active in the position, he demanded the ball, and that’s huge. What I’m saying to DeSean – we want you to find the opening, and let us have the ball find you. Our guys, we’re improving to find the open guy. Great performance from these two guys [Goode and Dobbs], and we had a team performance in terms of our defense and the way we shared the ball. It was a very good performance for us.”

The recipient of a number of dumps from Dobbs, Goode complimented his sophomore teammate.

“[Dobbs]”A good playmaker,” he said. “He gets me a lot of my points, usually if he drives and they help me he gives it to me and he expects me to finish it. Same with him, if he drives and they help me. they don’t help, I expect him to finish the lay-up.”

The entire Polar Bears squad couldn’t do much on Saturday, with Fairmont Senior shooting nearly 64 percent from the floor against the Irish. Seven Bears scored and six went in the assist column against Charleston Catholic.

“Where we’re trying to improve is our ability to move the ball from side to side,” Retton said. “I think we did a really good job in the fourth quarter. We got a lot of transition baskets because of our defense, but we also did a really good job managing our half-court offense when we had to. . I was very happy for our guys when they did that.”

Joseph Uram joined Goode and Dobbs in double figures with 13 points. Dom Viani scored a pair of canned 3s in the first quarter to finish with eight points. Andre Grant and Pharoah Fields each had seven, and Latique Williams had two.

For Charleston Catholic, Max Wilcox led the team with 16 points. Jayallen Turner followed closely with 15. Jon McComas scored eight, Kelan Swan had five, Jeff Reynolds and Gio Cinco each had two and Hunter Perry had one.

Fairmont Senior ends the year 18-3 and will face the winner of the play-off between East Fairmont and Philip Barbour. Retton said Eric Smith is on track to play when the sections kick off on Wednesday, which will add another inside presence to a squad ready to race.

“I feel like if we keep working we have a good chance of winning it all,” Goode said. “We just have to stay hungry and not look past our opponents.”


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