By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
December 17, 2013
CHAPMANVILLE — An on-court altercation and the post-game drama surrounding Saturday night’s Logan-Scott high school boys’ basketball game at Chapmanville Regional High School’s Nationwide Insurance Basketball Classic seemed to put a damper on an overall outstanding clash between the old Corridor G rivals.
Logan ended up winning the emotionally charged game, 52-47, over the Skyhawks, to improve to 1-1 on the season while Scott dropped to 1-1.
But it wasn’t the game that was being talked about on Saturday night, over the weekend and on the air and in cyberspace.
It was the “incident.”
With 4:33 to go in the game and Logan leading 43-40 emotions simmered to a boil when Logan’s Benny Adkins and Scott’s Anthony Sigmon became tangled and then wrestled each other to the floor where punches were thrown.
Coaches from both sides and police officers broke up the melee and Adkins and Sigmon were each given flagrant fouls and ejections.
During the scuffle, Logan coach Mark Hatcher appeared to try and break up the fight but allegedly pushed a Chapmanville police officer and also allegedly hurled profanities. After the game resumed, Hatcher continued to coach his team but after the game was allegedly detained by Chapmanville police officers and allegedly charged with assault and battery.
As for the game itself it went right down to the wire.
Scott grabbed its first lead of the night with 3:51 to go after Alex Ables split from the free throw line to put the Skyhawks on top 44-43. Two more free throws by Ables put Scott up 46-43 with 3:31 to go.
The Wildcats then took charge as Zak Miller drained a 3-pointer to tie it at 46. A reverse putback by Logan’s Worm Street made it 48-47 in favor of Logan with 2:09 left. It would be a lead Logan would not relinquish.
Logan’s Braxton Goff and Street then split from the foul line to make it 51-47.
Scott then missed a jumper and Miller was fouled. He netted 1-of-2 free throws with 14.2 ticks to go to ice the game.
Miller led Logan on the night with 20 points. Street tallied 11, while Zac Acord had seven, Trevor Abbott six and Alex Toler five. Khalil Murphy added two points and Goff one for LHS.
Scott was paced by Logan Webb’s 11 points. Cody Brown netted seven, while Dylan DeHart and Sigmon had six points each. Nick Kuhn had five, Eric May four, Brandon Lafauci and Ables had three each and Dylan Brown had two.
Logan outrebounded Scott 41-28 but were only 20-for-58 from the floor for 34.5 percent. Scott was just 15-of-53 shooting for 28 percent.
The Wildcats were a woeful 7-for-17 from the free throw line for 41 percent. The Skyhawks weren’t much better at 13-for-26 for 50 percent.
Logan led 12-6 after the first quarter, 27-18 at the half and 38-32 after three.
The Wildcats are scheduled to return to action Dec. 21 against St. Albans in the George Washington High School tournament. It is not known if Hatcher will be on the bench for the game.
Scott is back in action Tuesday at Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference game. The Skyhawks host 3A Lincoln County on Friday, then play Fairmont on Saturday at 6:45 in the Big 10 vs. Cardinal Conference Challenge at the Charleston Civic Center.
Logan and Scott are not scheduled to face each other again this season.
Coach Hatcher said he was proud of the way his team played.
“We should still be Double-A which this rivalry game proves. This is what high school basketball is all about,” Hatcher said.
Scott coach Nick Cabell said his team just couldn’t complete the comeback.
“We dug too deep a hole for ourselves in the first half and couldn’t get out of it. We did play much better in the second half but it was too little, too late,” Cabell said.
Liberty Raleigh 52
CHAPMANVILLLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team wrapped up the Nationwide Classic with a 65-52 win over Liberty Raleigh late on Saturday night at the CRHS gym.
No further details were available.
It was the season opener for the Tigers.
Chapmanville is back in action Tuesday night at Herbert Hoover in a Cardinal Conference game.
On Saturday, CRHS plays North Marion at noon in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge at the Charleston Civic Center.
— Ron Gregory of the Coal Valley News contributed to this report.