The Belfry Pirates didn’t go away quietly.
The Logan High School boys’ basketball team led the Kentucky team 21 points after three quarters and bumped the advantage to 24 with seven minutes to go.
The Pirates then rallied, cutting the Logan lead to 10 points.
But that was as close as Belfry could get as the Wildcats won 82-66 over the Pirates on Thursday night before a spotty crowd at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
Logan improved to 5-6 on the season with the win. Belfry dropped to 5-11.
After grabbing a 67-46 lead after three periods, the Wildcats seemed to be in cruise control. Belfry, however, went on a 17-6 run, culminating with Garrett Fannin’s bucket with about two minutes to go.
Logan then put the Pirates away, outscoring Belfry 9-3 the rest of the way to finish off the 16-point win.
The Wildcats led 20-16 after one quarter, 38-27 at the half and then outscored Belfry 29-19 in the third.
Trevor Abbott led Logan with a career-high 21 points. Zac Acord contributed 19 points for Coach Mark Hatcher’s Wildcats.
Fannin paced Belfry with 23 points. Nathan Copley added 11 points.
Logan also got nine points from Brynden “Worm” Street, eight from Zak Miller, seven from Kareem Clansy and five each from Donnie Toppings and Braxton Goff. Josh Rein had four points, Benny Adkins three and Kyle Porter one.
The three points by Adkins came at the end of the first half as he launched a 35-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer which hit nothing but net.
Belfry led 8-7 early on before Logan went ahead 13-10 with a pair of Toppings buckets and a jumper by Rein.
Abbott then scored a hoop and stepped out to sink a 3-pointer as Logan led 18-12.
It was 20-16 Logan after one as Acord’s jumper with 24 second left gave the Cats a four-point cushion.
The Pirates were able to keep it close in the second quarter after two made free throws by Cameron Catron, two more by Fannin, one by Cole Bentley and two by Kaleb Edwards as Belfry pulled to within 25-23.
Clansy then sank a pair from the line to make it 27-23 Logan with 4:31 left until the break.
Belfry stayed to within 28-27 with back-to-back hoops by Dawson Isom.
Logan then expanded the lead after an Acord 15-footer, A jumper by Abbott and two free throws by Abbott as Logan led 35-27.
The 3-point heave by Adkins then put the Wildcats ahead by 11 at the half.
In the third, Logan pushed the lead to 58-43 with an Acord 3-ball. A bucket by Abbott and another 3 by Acord made it a 65-45 ballgame. Street’s basket soon after increased the advantage to 22 points at 67-45.
Logan also won the JV game over Belfry, 66-58.
The Wildcats have 11 scheduled games left in the regular season beginning with next Tuesday night’s game at Lincoln County, a Class AAA sectional foe. Logan is then at Point Pleasant on Feb. 7 and are set to host 2A Westside on Feb. 10 before going to sectional rival Huntington on Feb. 10.
LHS hosts Tug Valley on Feb. 15, plays Winfield on Feb. 18 at the Charleston Civic Center and then hosts Greenbrier East on Feb. 21 on 1964 Night at Willie Akers Arena. The event was postponed recently due to bad weather. That night, LHS will honor Coach Akers and members of Logan’s Class AAA state championship team on the 50-year anniversary of the feat.
Logan finishes the season with a pair of makeup games — Feb. 22 at Tug Valley, Feb. 24 at home against Greater Beckley Christian and then contests at home against Parkersburg on Feb. 25 and at Capital on Feb. 27.