Logan impressive in home-opening win

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

December 31, 2013

It was the best effort of the season for the Logan High School boys’ basketball team.

That’s just about what all were saying following last Saturday night’s 63-48 home-opening win by Logan over Class AAA sectional rival Cabell Midland at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.

Logan controlled the game from late in the second quarter and dominated the Knights, evening its record to 2-2 on the season. The Wildcats had come off last week’s overtime loss to St. Albans in the George Washington tourney.

The Cats were set to return to action on Monday night at home against GW.

Cabell Midland dropped to 1-3 on the season. It’s lone win was a victory on Dec. 13 at home over St. Albans.

Zak Miller led Logan’s balanced scoring attack with 15 points. Kareem Clansy came off the bench to score 10 for the Wildcats. Braxton Goff also had 10. Brynden “Worm” Street, Alex Toler and Trevor Abbott had six apiece, while Zac Acord had five and Jalen Cook and Skyler Miller had two each.

Skyler Miller has made a triumphant return to the LHS basketball team this season after being diagnosed with leukemia last spring. He was a member of the LHS football team this fall but did not suit up. His health has improved greatly over the last few months following treatment and that has allowed him to play.

The Cats led Cabell Midland 12-10 after one quarter and 27-14 at the half after outscoring the Knights 15-4 in the second. Logan took a 46-27 lead after three and then coasted in the fourth period.

The Knights were led by Corey Petit with 15. Colt Tilley had seven.

Logan coach Mark Hatcher seemed pleased with his team’s effort.

“I think that we’re getting a little bit better,” he said after the game. “We got a little spark with the guys off the bench who did a really good job. That really helped us. Seth Barker and Devonte (Tolliver) did a really good job in the first half. Kareem then came in and really played great tonight. With him and Acord out there together in the second half at times we looked really good with two ballhandlers out there. Zak Miller was also shooting the ball pretty well at times. I thought we played real well.”

The second quarter was the key to Logan’s win over the Knights.

After a 19-foot jump shot by Goff, a Miller topside 3-pointer and a Miller layup, it was 19-12 Logan with 5:26 to go until halftime.

The lead then swelled to 23-14 with a drive across the lane by Clansy.

Abbott’s layin with 52 second left and a 10-foot runner in the lane by Clansy put the Cats ahead 27-14 at the break.

Logan led by as many as 20 in the second half.

After the GW game, Logan hosts Nitro this Saturday night at 7:30, then goes to 2A Westside on Jan. 10 before hosting Point Pleasant in the King Coal Classic on Jan. 11.

Logan also won Saturday night’s JV game over Midland, 83-61.