Logan falls to 3-5 after King Coal Classic loss

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

January 14, 2014

The Logan High School boys’ basketball team had hoped to turn the corner this past weekend.

With a .500 record, the Wildcats were hoping to sweep the weekend or at least gain a split.

It didn’t happen as Logan went 0-2 and dropped to 3-5 on the season. Last Friday, the Wildcats were blown out at Westside, 90-68. Then on Saturday night in the King Coal Classic at home, Logan was tripped up by Point Pleasant, 62-58, at Willie Akers Arena.

Point Pleasant, now 5-3 on the season, was led by senior Wade Martin’s 26 points. Aden Yates netted 13.

Zak Miller paced Logan with a 14-point effort. Zac Acord also reached double digits with 10 points. Sophomore Khalil Murphy played well, adding nine points off the bench for the Wildcats.

Logan led 3-2 early on but fell behind 17-13 after one quarter and 32-26 at the half.

The Wildcats made a move in the third period, briefly taking the lead on Miller’s 3-point bomb.

Logan carried a 45-44 lead going into the fourth quarter and went up 48-45 with another 3-ball by Miller.

Point Pleasant later put the game away in the closing minutes.

The Wildcats pulled to within 59-58 after a putback by Trevor Abbott.

Then with 14 seconds left, Abbott fouled Martin, who made his first free throw but missed the second one. The rebound went to Point and Martin was fouled with nine seconds left.

Leading 60-58, Martin then sank two free throws to all but put the ballgame away as the Big Blacks led 62-58.

Alex Toler of Logan missed a 3-pointer and Point grabbed the rebound with less than a second left. The Big Blacks missed the front end of a one-and-one and the clock ran out.

Earlier in the fourth, the Wildcats’ Kareem Clansy had put LHS ahead 51-50 with a topside 3-pointer.

Nick Templeton then drained a 3 as Point Pleasant led 53-51.

Logan’s Worm Street tied it at 53 with a bucket at the 4:30 mark.

Yates later made it 56-53 after completing an old-fashioned three-point play. Logan’s Josh Rein then answered with a game-tying shot from 3-point territory.

Yates then put the Big Blacks ahead 59-56 with a key 3 with 1:30 left in the game.

Point Pleasant jumped on top 10-3 early in the first quarter and pushed the margin to 25-13 early in the second period after a 3-pointer.

Miller cut Point’s lead to 28-20 with 4:53 left until the break after netting one from 3-point land.

A layup by Murphy closed the gap to 30-26 with 1:01 left.

The Big Blacks led 32-26 at the half and finished off Logan late.

During the game, King Coal Classic officials presented Logan sophomore guard Skyler Miller with a check for $1,000 to help pay for his hospital expenses. Miller, who was diagnosed with leukemia last spring, went back to Cabell Huntington hospital this week for further chemotherapy. He is also reportedly expected to receive a bone marrow transplant soon.

Coach Mark Hatcher’s Wildcats are slated to host Lincoln County (3-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Panthers are 3-5 and are on a three-game winning streak after starting out the season 0-5.

Lincoln County has beaten Buckhannon-Upshure (54-53), Doddridge County (46-44) and River View (52-44). The Panthers are in Logan’s Class AAA sectional along with Cabell Midland, Spring Valley and favorite Huntington.

The Panthers, coached by Rodney Plumley, have struggled in recent years. LC was 11-12 last season, 10-13 in the 2011-12 season, 9-15 in the 2010-11 campaign and 6-18, 10-13, 10-13 and 2-21 in the seasons before that.

Logan beat Lincoln County last season 45-40 and 57-38.

Following the game with the Panthers, Logan goes to Greenbrier East on Friday night and then plays at Tug Valley on Jan. 21 before hosting Greater Beckley Christian on Jan. 25.