CHAPMANVILLE — Game day is here.
This is it.
It could be the biggest night ever in the history of Chapmanville Tiger basketball.
Now, CRHS just has to take care of business.
Chapmanville comes into the game 19-5 and ranked No. 9 in the state in 2A . The Tigers are fresh off last Friday night’s thrilling 54-53 win over arch rival Scott in the Class AA sectional championship game at Logan. It was Chapmanville’s first section title since 2006.
Nicholas County is 14-10 and unranked after the Grizzlies were blown out 82-47 at No. 2-ranked Poca (23-1) last Friday in the the other sectional title game.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
With the loss to Chapmanville, Scott (16-7) must travel to Poca on Thursday night in the other regional co-final.
The Tigers are hosting a regional tourney game on their home floor for the first time in school history.
Chapmanville last made it this far in 2010 when the Tigers were defeated 63-53 by Sissonville in the Region 4 championship game at Riverside High School.
The Chapmanville-Nicholas and Scott-Poca winners advance to play in the upcoming state tournament, scheduled for March 19-22 at the Charleston Civic Center.
“Our community is very excited,” Tigers’ second-year coach Allan Hatcher said. “We are very very excited to host a home game. It’s the first time we have ever hosted a home game to go to the state tournament. Our community and school is so excited that we can’t wait until Thursday. We expect a great crowd — a sellout. We also have a pep rally that is slated for Thursday. This whole school is excited right now. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and we are ready to go.”
Chapmanville is led by junior guard Josh Butcher, who averages 17 points a game.
Seniors Brady Cox, Jon Williamson and Kenny Plumley have also been keys to Chapmanville’s success, along with other players such as Trey Dalton, Zac Casto and Joe Tackett.
“We’ve got senior leadership with Brady, Jon and Kenny,” Hatcher said. “We’ve got good kids. Kenny Plumley is the vice president of the senior class. Jon Williamson is the president of the senior class. That tells you the kinds of kids that we have on our basketball team. When you have those kinds of kids and you can count on them you have an excellent chance of being successful.”
Chapmanville advanced to the regionals with last Friday night’s 54-53 victory over arch-rival Scott at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The game had a controversial finish.
It appeared as if Scott had tied the game at 54 with 6.9 seconds left after the Skyhawks’ Logan Webb made a 3-pointer in the corner.
The Tigers then inbounded the ball quickly and got the ball to Butcher, whose 35-foot shot at the buzzer rimmed out.
But instead of an overtime period, Chapmanville was then declared the winner as the officials ruled Webb’s shot was instead a two-pointer as his foot had went past the 3-point arc.
Hatcher was asked about the turn of events.
“That’s beside the point now. I think the game is over isn’t it?” Hatcher said.
A video, however, surfaced over the weekend, which appeared to show Webb’s foot was indeed behind the 3-point line.
Hatcher said the officials made the call on the floor as it happened.
“I don’t see anything that says that the guy was behind the line,” Hatcher said. “The referee said that it was a 2-point shot. When you have as good a referee crew as we did … the referees understand just how important that game is. They understand that. These are top-notch officials. People get top-notch officials to officiate championship games in the sectional and regional tournaments. Those guys know how important it is to make the correct call. For them to get together and make a decision and confirm that it was a 2-point shot I don’t see how anyone can doubt the decision that was made.”
With Scott behind them, the Tigers hope to take out Nicholas County tonight and advance to Charleston.
“I’m excited about us playing the next game,” Hatcher said. “Nicholas County is a good team and they are well coached. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We have to beat Nicholas County in order to go to the state tournament. That’s our goal.”
A sellout crowd is expected for tonight’s game.
Chapmanville’s gym seats 1,600.
The last time the CRHS gym was filled to beyond capacity for a Chapmanville basketball game was back in 2010 when Logan played the Tigers on the Chapmanville home floor. The 2010 Logan team was loaded with transfer players Paul Herbert Williamson, a Harts area player, and also Noah Cottrill. The Wildcats went on to claim the Class AAA state championship.
Hatcher urges those who want to attend tonight’s game to come early.
The doors open at 5 p.m.
The school began selling advance tickets on Wednesday.
“They’d better be there early. They are expecting a sellout,” Hatcher said.
Chapmanville Regional High School
Boys’ Basketball Roster
No Pos Name Gr Ht Wt
1 Trey Dalton 11 5’8” 150
11 Joshua Butcher 11 6’0” 160
12 Zac Casto 11 6’2” 200
15 Tyler Moore 9 6’3” 160
20 Corey Preece 10 6’0” 160
22 Kenny Plumley 12 6’4” 185
23 Brady Cox 12 6’5” 215
24 Austin Kirk 11 6’1” 180
30 Joseph Tackett 11 6’0” 165
32 Jonathan Williamson 12 6’2” 195
33 John Nagy 11 5’9” 180
41 Chris Bailey 9 5’10 200
42 Jordan Butcher 9 6’2 180
Dylan Brown 9
Jeremy Lilly 9
Ryan Mullins 9
Hunter Workman 9
HEAD COACH: Allan Hatcher
ASSISTANT COACHES: Larry Dingess, Paul Hurst, Mike Hurst, Johnny Williamson
Nicholas County High School
Boys’ Basketball Roster
No Pos Name Gr Ht Wt
3 G Carter Sweeney 9 5’7”
4 G Jacob Grose 9 5’9”
5 G Jared Tharp 12 5’10”
12 G Jacob Hopkins 11 5’11”
15 G-F Caleb Simms 11 5’10
20 F Justin Browning 12 6’5”
24 G-F Nathan Stewart 11 6’3”
32 G-F Cody McClung 12 6’3”
33 G-F Michael Whitlock 10 5’11”
40 F Eric Peyatt 12 6’2”
42 F-G Ryan Parker 10 6’0”
50 F Zach McCourt 12 6’7”
HEAD COACH: Brian Phipps
ASSISTANT COACH: Allen Stump