MAN — The just-released 2013-14 Man High School boys’ basketball schedule shows some interesting games and new opponents.
New to the Hillbillies’ schedule are a pair of Kentucky teams — Belfry and Phelps. Man is slated to play the Pirates and the Hornets in home-and-home series. Man last played Phelps two seasons ago.
Belfry was 14-10 last season while Phelps went 7-22.
Belfry played six games against West Virginia teams last year and were an even 3-3. The Pirates split with Mingo Central, losing 75-54 and winning 79-76 over the Miners. The Pirates also split with eventual Class A state champion Tug Valley, winning 80-76 and losing 80-52 to the Panthers. Belfry also won 74-69 over Tolsia and lost 93-65 to Class AAA Hurricane, an eventual regional champion winner over Logan.
Man struggled through a 6-18 season a year ago with a very young team. The Billies hope to do better this season.
The Hillbillies are scheduled to open the season on Dec. 17 at home against Mount View. Man, coached by Harvey Arms, then go to Montcalm on Dec. 20 before playing once again in Chapmanville’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28 over Christmas break.
Also highlighting Man’s hoop schedule are home-and-home series against county rival Chapmanville and Class A sectional rival Tug Valley. The Billies were 0-3 against Chapmanville last year, falling 94-44, 77-51 and 74-47 to the Tigers.
The Panthers, which have won two straight state championships — a Class AA crown two years ago and a Single-A state title last year — knocked off Man 94-36 in last year’s sectional tourney. Tug Valley also beat Man 86-49 and 82-49 during the regular season.
One other highlight to the Billies’ schedule is an appearance on Jan. 18 in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.
Dropped from Man’s schedule are 2A Westside and Single-A Fayetteville.
2013-14 Man High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 17: Mount View, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20: at Montcalm, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 27-28: at Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at Chapmanville, TBA.
Jan. 3: Greater Beckley Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9: at River View, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17: Montcalm, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: at Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at Williamson, TBA.
Jan. 22: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: Huntington St. Joe, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: at Belfry, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: Phelps, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: River View, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: at Phelps, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Greater Beckley Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Mount View, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: Belfry, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: at Huntington St. Joe, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.