CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Tigers don’t want to look past the Tolsia Rebels.
But the big game this weekend — and the biggest game for the season so far for the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team — will be Saturday night’s clash with the Poca Dots.
Both games are set to be played at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
The Tigers and Tolsia Rebels are scheduled to square off on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s clash with the Dots is slated to have a 7:30 tip as well.
Chapmanville enters the weekend ranked No. 6 in the state at 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the Cardinal Conference. Poca carries a No. 4 state ranking with an 9-1 overall mark and 7-0 record in the league.
The Dots, coached by Allen Osborne, are first in the conference with the Tigers in second place. Poca was set to play at Herbert Hoover on Friday night as both teams will be playing back-to-back games on consecutive nights.
Chapmanville is coming off Tuesday night’s 47-36 win at home over the same Herbert Hoover Huskies in a game which was initially called off due to weather and then eventually put back on.
The Dots also played on Tuesday night and won 69-59 at Class A Charleston Catholic, increasing Poca’s winnning streak to seven games.
The only loss this season by the Dots was a 56-50 setback at Robert C. Byrd on Dec. 21.
Since the Tigers and the Dots are conference and region foes, the two share many common opponents.
The biggest eye-opener is Wayne.
Poca hammered the improved Wayne Pioneers, 87-38, on Jan. 14 on the road. Chapmanville just played Wayne last Friday and lost 62-59 in overtime. The Pioneers are currently fifth place in the Cardinal Conference at 7-4, 3-4.
The Dots have blown out several opponents this season.
The biggest was a 90-30 victory at home over Class AAA Nitro. Poca also has routed Tolsia (68-16), Clay County (84-40), Mingo Central (73-50), Scott (70-49 and 77-48) and Sissonville (79-47) this season.
The average margin of victory this season by the Dots is a whopping 35.5 points.
Chapmanville will definitely have its hands full with Poca. The Dots are led by 6-1 junior Matt Chandler and 6-1 freshman Elijah Cuffee, who are averaging 16.4 and 16.2 points respectively this season, good for second and third best in the conference.
Chapmanville’s Josh Butcher, a 6-0 transfer junior guard from Riverside High School, leads the Tigers and the Cardinal Conference in scoring at 17.5 points a game.
The high-scoring Dots also have 5-10 junior Noah Frampton, who averages 13.8 points per contest and is the league’s sixth-highest scorer. Luke Frampton, a 6-4 freshman forward/center, checks in at 10 points a game.
Chapmanville’s Kenny Plumley, a 6-4 forward, is eighth in the league in scoring at 12.2 points a game. Senior Brady Cox, a 6-5 center, has a 10.7 points per contest scoring clip.
Counting the Jan. 18 home win over Sissonville (69-54), the Wayne and Hoover games, the Tolsia and Poca contests and the upcoming Feb. 5 game against Mingo Central, Chapmanville will have a five-game home stand.
Due to the rescheduling and the reshuffling, the game against the Mingo Central Miners will be the Tigers’ last scheduled home game.
Chapmanville will then close out the regular season with six straight road contests — Feb. 7 at Scott, Feb. 11 at Poca, Feb. 14 at Tolsia, Feb. 21 at Wayne, Feb. 22 at Sissonville and Feb. 25 at Man.
The road games at Scott and Poca were flipped due to the water problems in Boone County and the Charleston area. The Wayne game site was also flipped. The Tigers were originally scheduled to play at Wayne last week but the game was moved to Chapmanville due to heating problems at the WHS gymnasium.
With all of the rescheduling, that leaves the Tigers, aka “The Road Warriors,” with six straight away games to close out the season.
Chapmanville will then head back to Logan County and Logan High School with the Class AA sectional tournament at season’s end. Wayne, Mingo Central, Tolsia and Scott are in the five-team field with the Tigers.
Friday night’s home game against Tolsia doesn’t figure to be much of a game. The young Rebels have struggled all season and are 1-10 overall and 0-4 in the league going in. Tolsia currently sits in last place in the Cardinal Conference.
The Feb. 5 home game against Mingo Central looks like it will be another marquee contest.
The Miners are just 5-6 overall and fourth place in the league standings at 3-3 and were routed at home by the Tigers 53-27 earlier in the season.
Mingo Central, however, has revamped its roster with a pair of Kentucky transfers in cousins Dikembe Dixson (6-7) and Montrell Dixson (6-6).
Dikembe Dixson, a junior forward, has reportedly received interest from Division I schools UConn, West Virginia, Iowa State and others.
Mingo Central’s game Tuesday night against county rival Tug Valley was postponed and rescheduled for late February.
The Dixson cousins have yet to suit up for the Miners but are expected to finish the required 10 practices soon. They could be eligible to play next week at Chapmanville.
Boys’ Basketball Standings
Pos-School Conf All
1. Poca 7-0 9-1
2. Chapmanville 5-1 10-2
3. Scott 4-3 6-5
4. Mingo Central 3-3 5-6
5. Sissonville 3-4 5-6
5. Wayne 3-4 7-4
7. Herbert Hoover 0-5 1-9
7. Tolsia 0-4 1-10
Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (10-2):
Dec. 14: Liberty-Raleigh (Nationwide Classic), W 65-52
Dec. 17: at Herbert Hoover, W 59-40
Dec. 21: vs. North Marion (Hoops Classic, Charleston Civic Center), W 72-43
Dec. 23: Lincoln County, W 68-36
Dec. 27: Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), W 62-33
Dec. 28: Riverside (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), L 69-72 (OT)
Jan. 3: Scott, W 57-55
Jan. 7: at Lincoln County, ppd.
Jan. 10: at Poca, ppd.
Jan. 14: Man, W 58-47
Jan. 15: at Mingo Central, W 53-27
Jan. 18: Sissonville, W 69-54
Jan. 23: at Lincoln County, ppd.
Jan. 24: Wayne, L 59-62 (OT)
Jan. 28: Herbert Hoover, W 47-34
Jan. 31: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Man, 7:30 p.m.