CLEAR FORK — It was the Justin Cogar Show on Friday night in Clear Fork.
Cogar poured in 38 points and led Westside to a 90-68 win over the Logan High School basketball team in a battle of old Class AA rivals. He also had 12 rebounds and six assists to finish with a double-double.
Logan, a 3A squad, dropped to 3-4 on the season heading into Saturday night’s home game against Point Pleasant in the King Coal Classic. Double-A Westside improved to 5-1 with the victory.
Larry Cook added 13 points for the Renegades, while Will Fox tossed in 12 and Jordan Browning 10.
Freshman guard Braxton Goff dropped in a career high 16 points for Logan. Senior Brynden “Worm” Street also tallied 16 for the Wildcats. Josh Rein finished with nine and Alex Toler six, while Kareem Clansy and Zac Acord had five points each. Trevor Abbott, Khalil Murphy and Seth Barker had four apiece. Ryan Miller added a deep bomb 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Logan coach Mark Hatcher said Cogar is always tough to stop.
“He puts on a show just about every time that we play him,” Hatcher said after the game. “We don’t really have anyone that can guard him. He’s a tough guard. He’s too big for smaller guys to guard him and he’s too fast for bigger guys. We tried to double him in the third and sort of stopped him for a little while and we cut it to six but they went on a 10-0 run on us when we were about 0-for-12 shooting in a two-minute span. We’re so scared to get our shots blocked.”
The Wildcats trailed 19-16 after one quarter but was outscored 26-15 by Westside in the second to fall behind 45-31 at the half.
The Renegades were outscored 18-16 in the third as the Cats pulled to within 61-49 but Westside poured it on in the fourth period by outpointing LHS 29-23.
“We can’t get in the 90s with this team. We’re not that kind of a team,” Hatcher said after the game about Westside. “We haven’t been that team in two years. We could have done that a couple of years ago. We can’t do it right now. We had a bad start. No one was ready to play. They were standing around and joking around. You could see it in the warmups.”
Westside jumped on top 8-0 and led 12-4 after a Cogar basket.
Logan cut it to 12-7 with an Acord 3-pointer and trailed 19-16 after one as Rein drilled a trey with seven seconds left.
The Wildcats never led in the game but managed to pull to within 19-18 after Acord’s 15-footer.
Westside then went on an 8-0 run, forcing Logan to call timeout as WHS led 27-18.
The Renegades pushed the lead to 35-23 later on with a Levi Lambert layup. It was then 40-25 after a Cogar 3.
Logan trailed by 14 at the half and trimmed the deficit to 46-37 but Westside then went on a 13-0 run to all but seal the game. When the dust cleared, the Renegades held a 59-37 advantage.
The Wildcats struck back by going on a 12-2 run, fueled by a pair of Murphy buckets, to trail 61-49 after three.
The Renegades then finally put Logan away in the fourth period.
After the King Coal Classic the Cats are set to host Lincoln County on Tuesday night, then go to Greenbrier East on Friday night.
Logan then plays at Tug Valley on Jan. 21, hosts Greater Beckley Christian on Jan. 27, then goes to Huntington on Jan. 27. Then on Jan. 30, Belfry (Ky.) comes to Logan.