By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
December 26, 2013
CHAPMANVILLE — Going into this weekend’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament, the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team is right where it wants to be.
The Tigers are 4-0 and are seeking a tourney title.
If that happens, Chapmanville would be 6-0 going into the 2014 portion of the 2013-14 prep roundball season.
Chapmanville won its fourth straight game to start the season on Monday with a 68-36 victory at home over Class AAA winless team Lincoln County at Chapmanville Regional’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Coach Allan Hatcher’s Tigers are scheduled to open play in the Bob Runyon tourney on Friday at 8:30 p.m. against winless Mount View (0-4). Game 1 in the four-team tourney pits Man (2-0) against Riverside (1-0) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Chapmanville.
The two winners are set to meet on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the finals. The two losers will play on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the consolation game.
Chapmanville started off slowly in Monday night’s home game with struggling Lincoln County.
The Panthers jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first quarter before the Tigers rallied. Josh Butcher drained a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left as CRHS forged a 13-all tie after one.
Chapmanville then outscored Lincoln County 13-7 in the second to grab a 26-20 halftime edge.
The Tigers then dominated in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 24-10 in the third to take a commanding 50-30 lead. Then in the fourth, CRHS poured it on and outpointed LC 18-6 in the frame to turn the once close game into a blowout, which just about every expected.
Zac Casto was key to Chapmanville’s resurgence in the second half as he came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points — 11 of which came in the fourth period alone.
Chapmanville’s 32-point final margin was the largest lead of the night for the Tigers.
Two other Chapmanville players reached double digits in scoring as Joe Tackett had 12 points and Trey Dalton 11. Butcher and Brady Cox tossed in eight points each, while Kenny Plumley had seven, Jon Williamson four, Trevor Nagy three and Jordan Toler two.
Lincoln County was unable to place anyone in double digits. Schylar Kelley led the Panthers with nine points.
Chapmanville shot 25-for-53 from the floor for 47 percent. LC was only 14-for-42 for 33 percent. The Tigers made 8-of-9 free throws to just 3-for-6 for Lincoln County.
The Tigers were 7-for-17 from 3-point land.
Chapmanville also won the JV game, 59-50, over the Panthers.
Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (4-0):
Dec. 14: Liberty-Raleigh (Nationwide Classic), W 65-52
Dec. 17: at Herbert Hoover, W 59-40
Dec. 21: vs. North Marion (Hoops Classic, Charleston Civic Center), W 72-43
Dec. 23: Lincoln County, W 68-36
Dec. 27: Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 28: Riverside or Man (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), TBA
Jan. 3: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Man, 7:30 p.m.