By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 27, 2014
All the pieces seem to be coming together for the Logan High School boys’ basketball team.
Just in the nick of time, too.
Next week is the Class AAA sectional tournament.
Logan improved to 10-11 on the season and won for the third time in its last four games with Tuesday night’s convincing 59-48 victory at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena on Senior Night.
The game was not that close.
The Wildcats led Parkersburg by 24 points in the fourth quarter before a late charge by the Big Reds closed the gap to eight with about a minute to go. Parkersburg (7-13) used a 17-2 run to make the final score a bit more respectable.
Logan honored its six senior players — Brynden Street, Josh Rein, Zak Miller, Seth Barker, Benny Adkins and Trevor Abbott.
A seventh senior — manager Patrick Marcum — also suited up, wearing No. 32. Marcum wowed the crowd with a 3-pointer and another basket in the ceremonial start to the basketball game.
The Wildcats are scheduled to close out the regular season on Thursday night at Capital but the big game is next Wednesday night as Logan is slated to face Spring Valley at 8 p.m. in one of the two Class AAA sectional semifinals at Cabell Midland High School.
No. 1 seed Huntington takes on the winner of Monday night’s play-in game between Cabell Midland and Lincoln County on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The two semifinal winners are set to move on to play in the March 7 sectional championship game. Both teams then advance to the regional tourney.
Last season, Logan knocked off Spring Valley in the sectional tourney, then lost to Huntington in the finals before losing in overtime at Hurricane in the regional co-final.
The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed, while Spring Valley is second. The Timberwolves, which did not play Logan in the regular season, currently stand at 13-6 and are riding a six-game winning streak. Spring Valley routed Cabell Midland 95-55 on Feb. 18.
Logan seems to be peaking as well.
After a three-game losing skid in early February, the Cats won 47-46 at home over Tug Valley on Feb. 15, then lost a 77-75 overtime game to Winfield at the Charleston Civic Center. Logan upset top 10 team Greenbrier East, 73-69 on Feb. 21 on 1964 Night at the field house before falling 49-46 at Tug Valley last Saturday in a rematch with the Panthers.
Logan followed that up with an impressive 68-60 home win over Greater Beckley Christian on Monday night.
In Tuesday night’s game, Street led the Wildcats with 16 points. Zac Acord had 15, while Miller tossed in 11 and Abbott eight. Rein had five, Barker two and Adkins two.
Logan led 14-9 after one quarter, 32-17 at the half and 45-26 after three.
Ja’Darien Wade paced Parkersburg with 14 points. Jordan Colebank had 13 and Cole Day 10.
Leading by only five after one period of play, Logan put some distance between itself and the Big Reds. Acord hit back-to-back 3-point shots to make it 22-11. Rein then drilled a 3 as the lead swelled to 25-11.
Acord’s three-point play pushed the lead to 30-16.
Street then scored on a drive to the lane at the buzzer as Logan led 32-17 at the half.
In the third, Miller’s trey made it 48-28.
A crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunk by Abbott gave Logan a 52-28 lead.
The Big Reds then chipped away at Logan’s lead but time ran out on the Big Reds.
Logan also won Tuesday night’s JV game, 61-39.
Miller was the recipient of the annual Willie Akers Scholarship Award.
LHS state tourney-bound wrestler Alex Crum was also recognized before the game as well as senior members of Logan’s Class AAA state championship cheerleading team. One senior cheerleading member is Maci Hatcher, Logan basketball coach Mark Hatcher’s daughter.
Logan High School Wildcats
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (10-11):
Dec. 12: at Hurricane, L 63-78
Dec. 14: vs. Scott (at Chapmanville), W 52-47
Dec. 21: vs. St. Albans (at GW), L 64-68 (OT)
Dec. 28: Cabell Midland, W 63-48
Dec. 30: George Washington, L 48-68
Jan. 4: Nitro, W 69-27
Jan. 10: at Westside, L 68-90
Jan. 11: Point Pleasant (King Coal Classic at Logan), L 58-62
Jan. 14: Lincoln County, W 59-35
Jan. 17: at Greenbrier East, L 64-81
Jan. 30: Belfry, Ky., W 82-66
Feb. 4: at Lincoln County, W 83-47
Feb. 7: at Point Pleasant, L 67-73
Feb. 8: Westside, L 66-89
Feb. 10: at Huntington, L 67-82
Feb. 15: Tug Valley, W 47-46
Feb. 18: vs. Winfield (at Charleston Civic Center), L 75-77 (OT)
Feb. 21: Greenbrier East (1964 Night), W 73-69
Feb. 22: at Tug Valley, L 46-49
Feb. 24: Greater Beckley Christian, W 68-60
Feb. 25: Parkersburg, W 59-48
Feb. 27: at Capital, 7:30 p.m.
March 5: vs. Spring Valley (3A sectionals at Cabell Midland), 8 p.m.