FAIRMONT — It was raining dunks in Fairmont on Tuesday night.
Kwinton Hinson threw down four dunks and Shemar Barfield added a stuff at the rim during the Fairmont boys basketball team’s 72-51 rout of West Columbus in Three Rivers Conference action at Fairmont High School.
The high-flying sophomore Hinson filled the stat sheet with a 23 points and 10 rebounds while the junior Barfield nearly etched in a double-double of his own with 14 points and eight boards.
Fairmont fell behind 8-3 early in the first quarter before Barfield scored five during a 6-1 Golden Tornadoes’ run including a steal and jam to knot the game at 9-9. Trailing 11-10 after one period of play, the Golden Tornadoes (13-3, 3-0) took the lead for good in the second quarter.
Hinson’s night on the rim was christened in the third when he flushed home an alley-oop pass from Jarrod Neal to give Fairmont a 47-38 advantage.
Despite the flurry of showstopping finishes, West Columbus (2-11, 1-2) didn’t go away.
The Vikings cut the deficit to one at the end of the third, 49-48, after an 8-0 run keyed by Forrest Powell’s six points. Powell finished with nine.
The Golden Tornadoes, however, quickly and emphatically widened the gap. Fairmont latched onto an 18-0 run in the fourth quarter — anchored by eight from Hinson who punched in two dunks during the spurt — on its way to outscoring the Vikings 23-3 in the frame.
In the fourth, West Columbus was held without a field goal until the 1:46 mark when Marquis York netted a 3-pointer for the Vikings’ only points of the quarter.
Jackie Oxendine chipped in 12 points for Fairmont.
Fairmont girls top Vikings
Marsha Clewis made her presence in the paint felt, posting a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Fairmont girls basketball team to a 56-37 win over West Columbus on Tuesday night.
Holding a slim 13-11 edge after the first quarter, the Lady Tornadoes (9-7, 2-1) used a decisive 11-0 run in the second — led by Clewis’ four points — to pull away from winless West Columbus (0-13, 0-3). Fairmont held the Lady Vikings to just one free throw during the last six minutes of the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Fairmont’s Anasia Evans capped off the first half with four points in the final 20 seconds, including a steal and bucket at the buzzer to give her team a 38-25 command at halftime. Evans finished with 13 points along with nine assists and six steals.
Chyna Smith added 10 points for the Lady Golden Tornadoes.
Princess Flowers netted a game-high 17 for West Columbus.