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Tigers get tough state tourney draw with Bluefield

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

March 16, 2014

CHAPMANVILLE — It’s Chapmanville and Bluefield.


The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team, which defeated Nicholas County in Thursday night’s dramatic 44-41 Region 4 co-championship game at the CRHS gym, have drawn the Bluefield Beavers in this week’s state tournament.


Chapmanville (20-5) was seeded sixth and is scheduled to face No. 3 seed and defending state champion Bluefield (22-2) on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the state quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center.


It’s the first ever trip to the state tournament for Chapmanville.


The seedings were released late on Thursday night by WV Metro News.


Undefeated Robert C. Byrd (21-0) grabbed the No. 1 seed. RCB, also the No. 1-ranked Class AA team in the state, is scheduled to open state play on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against No. 8 East Fairmont (11-13). RCB beat East Fairmont, 69-55, during the regular season. The second meeting was canceled.


In the other two state quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Poca (24-1) takes on No. 7 Fairmont Senior (15-9) at 1 p.m. Poca, a Cardinal Conference member along with Chapmanville, beat the Tigers twice this season by 53-43 and 68-35 scores. The two could meet in Friday’s semifinals since the Tigers and Dots are in the same part of the bracket.


In the other state quarterfinal, No. 4 Westside (19-6) takes on No. 5 Bridgeport (18-7) at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.


The Chapmanville-Bluefield winner is set to take on the Poca/Fairmont Senior winner on Friday at 9:30 a.m.


The 2A state championship game is March 22 at noon at the Charleston Civic Center.


The Bluefield Beavers will be a formidable for the Tigers.


Bluefield advanced to state with Thursday night’s 77-67 victory over Wyoming East in its regional co-championship game. The Beavers are riding a 15-game winning streak going into state.


Bluefield’s last loss was a 62-57 setback on Jan. 27 to state tourney team Westside. The Beavers also lost 67-51 at Greenbrier East on Jan. 10.


The Beavers won last year’s 2A state championship with a 63-43 win over Fairmont.


Bluefield was 25-3 last season and are 47-5 the last two combined.


State tourney brackets


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The seeds are set for the Class AA boys basketball state tournament from Charleston.


CLASS AA SEEDS


1. Robert C. Byrd


2. Poca


3. Bluefield


4. Westside


5. Bridgeport


6. Chapmanville


7. Fairmont Senior


8. East Fairmont


CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19:


9:30 a.m. No. 3 Bluefield vs. No. 6 Chapmanville


1 p.m. No. 2 Poca vs. No. 7 Fairmont Senior


5:30 p.m. No. 1 Robert C. Byrd vs. No. 8 East Fairmont


9 p.m. No. 4 Westside vs. No. 5 Bridgeport


CLASS AA SEMIFINALS, FRIDAY, MARCH 21:


9:30 a.m. Bluefield/Chapmanville winner vs. Poca/Fairmont Senior winner


1 p.m. Robert C. Byrd/East Fairmont winner vs. Westside/Bridgeport winner


CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP, SATURDAY, MARCH 22:


12 p.m. Semifinal winners