Tigers off to 3-0 start; Logan falls to St. Albans

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

December 24, 2013

CHARLESTON — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team is looking toward Charleston this season.

The ultimate prize for the Tigers would be a trip to the state tournament in March, something the program has never achieved in their long history.

After three games, Chapmanville is looking more and more like a state tournament team as the Tigers were 3-0 heading into Monday night’s home clash with Lincoln County.

Chapmanville played on the Charleston Civic Center floor on Saturday in the Big 10-Cardinal Conference Showdown as part of the Hoops Classic and came away with a convincing 72-43 win over North Marion, a team billed as a state tourney kind of squad.

The Tigers jumped on top of the Huskies 23-6 after one quarter and never looked back.

It was the first game for Chapmanville on the Civic Center floor since Dec. 16, 2005 when the Tigers lost 58-56 in the Hoops Classic to Pikeview. The Civic Center is the home of the state tourney, a place the Tigers would like to return to in a few months.

Chapmanville was led by senior Brady Cox with 19 points. Josh Butcher also had a good game, finishing with 17 points. Joe Tackett also reached double digits in scoring with 16 points. Kenny Plumley had nine, while Jon Williamson and Zac Casto tallied four each. Jordan Toler finished with three points.

Butcher sank three 3-pointers. Tackett had two and Toler one.

Tigers’ coach Allan Hatcher said he was pleased with the way his team played and praised the effort of Cox, Chapmanville’s 6-foot-5 center.

“We guarded them. You win by playing defense,” Hatcher said after the game. “I thought Brady Cox really got us going early. Brady is real physical. He’s a guy that has only been playing basketball for two years. He has an opportunity to go play college football. Someone has a chance to really get a good one. He’s hasn’t played much basketball and didn’t play in middle school. Everything you see is what he has done in two years.”

Hatcher said his team needs to continue to improve.

“We shot the ball well and we’re going to get better,” he said. “We’re trying to have a program, not just a good team. Chapmanville has always had good coaches. Harry Kirk was a heck of a basketball coach and so was Danny (Godby) and Dave Elkins. We just want to continue to have a good basketball program.”

Chapmanville held North Marion’s 6-6 senior center Cody Opron to only nine points.

Hatcher said many of his players have gotten stronger.

“We’ve got our basketball guys in the weight room,” he said. “Their big kid today could not push Brady Cox around. He only had nine points. Our kids have worked hard and have bought into it. I think they are going to just get better and better.”

After playing Lincoln County on Monday, Chapmanville is set to play Mount View on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the second game of the annual Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium. The first game has Man taking on Riverside. The finals and consolation game are then set for Saturday night.

It could be a Chapmanville-Man all-county final if the Tigers and Hillbillies both win.

Man is off to a 2-0 start.

“Man is really playing well now,” Hatcher said. “We’re excited about our basketball team because they have worked hard and they deserve this. This (the Hoops Classic) was a taste of what it is all about. It is a very organized event. We’ll be back to play in it.”

The Big 10 Conference won the challenge by going 5-3 against the Cardinal Conference. In addition to Chapmanville, Scott and Wayne also posted wins on Saturday over their counterparts from the north.

In other Big 10-Cardinal Conference Challenge games on Saturday at the Civic Center: Grafton beat Herbert Hoover of the Cardinal, 62-50; the Big 10’s East Fairmont won 61-56 over Sissonville; Bridgeport won 86-51 over the Cardinal’s Mingo Central Miners; Robert C. Byrd won 56-50 over the Poca Dots; Scott was a 66-59 winner over Big 10 team Fairmont Senior; Lincoln won 64-37 over CC squad Tolsia; and Wayne was a 57-52 victor over Philip Barbour.

St. Albans 68,

Logan 64 (OT)

CHARLESTON — The Logan High School boys’ basketball team dropped to 1-2 on the season with Saturday night’s 68-64 overtime loss to St. Albans in the George Washington High School tournament.

Logan trailed 33-24 at the half but went on a 15-0 run to grab a 39-33 lead.

With the game tied at 57 the Red Dragons had two shot attempts to win the game but missed on both. St. Albans then won it in the extra period.

Worm Street led Logan with 25 points. Zak Miller hit six 3-point shots and finished with 18.

The Wildcats were only 11-for-20 from the foul line for a woeful 55 percent. The Red Dragons were 19-for-30 for 63.3 percent.

Logan hosts Class AAA sectional foe Cabell Midland on Saturday night in the home opener.

Host GW also won on Saturday night in the tourney over Ashland (Ky.), 73-54.