POCA — When the Chapmanville and Poca high school boys’ basketball teams met 10 days ago at CRHS the Tigers held a double digit lead before falling by 10 in a good Cardinal Conference battle.
The two met again on Tuesday night in Poca in Round 2.
It expected to be another good one in a game pitting two top 10-ranked teams.
It wasn’t good.
Unless you are a Poca Dots’ fan that is.
Poca, ranked No. 2 in the state, continued to show why it is a force to be reckoned with as the Dots hammered Chapmanville Regional, 68-35, at the Poca High School gym.
Poca, winners of eight straight games, improved to 15-1 overall and 10-0 in the Cardinal Conference. The Dots are first place in the league standings and appear to be the best team in the region. Poca was upset in last year’s regional final by Scott.
No. 8-ranked Chapmanville, which sits in third place, fell to 12-5, 7-4. The Tigers, which lost 53-43 to Poca in the earlier meeting this season, dropped its third game in its last four contests. Chapmanville is just 3-4 after starting 9-1 on the season.
The Dots, whose only loss this season was a 56-50 setback to No. 1-ranked Robert C. Byrd, is beating teams by an average of 30 points this season.
Poca did better than that against the Tigers, holding Chapmanville’s leading scorer Josh Butcher to only five points on 2-for-10 shooting. Butcher, a transfer from Riverside, is the Cardinal Conference’s top scorer at 16.3 points per contest.
The Tigers committed 22 turnovers and were only 13-of-37 shooting for 35.1 percent. The Dots were much better, making 26-of-51 shots for 50.9 percent. Poca also connected on nine 3-pointers.
Poca’s Noah Frampton led all scorers with 22 points. He also dished out eight assists and had six steals. Frampton’s freshman brother Luke finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Elijah Cuffee added 13 points for Poca and Matt Chandler had 11.
Brady Cox led Chapmanville with 15 points. He was 7-for-10 shooting but just 1-of-7 from the foul line.
Kenny Plumley, Chapmanville’s second leading scorer, was held to four points. Trey Dalton, Jordan Butcher and Joe Tackett had three each. Zac Casto had two.
The Tigers were only 6-for-14 from the free throw line.
Poca led 15-4 after one quarter, 30-12 at the half and 48-20 after three.
Poca coach Allen Osborne didn’t call a single time out in the game.
He didn’t need to.
After the Dots led by 11 at the end of one, Chapmanville attempted a comeback in the second period. A Butcher 3-pointer cut it to 15-7. Five more Tiger points cut the deficit to 15-12.
The Dots then took charge, going on a 15-0 run to grab a 30-12 edge at the break.
Poca turned the game into a rout in the third quarter, using a 14-2 run to make it 44-14. Noah Frampton finished off the run with a 3-pointer.
Leading 48-20 after three, the Dots went on a 14-4 run to increase the margin to 62-24.
Both teams then brought in the reserves.
Chapmanville is scheduled to return to action on Friday night at last-place Tolsia (1-17, 0-11).
The Tigers then go to Wayne on Feb. 21, to Sissonville on Feb. 22 and then to Man on Feb. 25 in the regular season finale.
Boys Basketball Standings
Pos—School Conf All
1. Poca 10-0 15-1
2. Scott 9-3 11-5
3. Chapmanville 7-4 12-5
4. Mingo Central 5-4 8-7
5. Sissonville 6-5 8-8
6. Wayne 4-5 9-7
7. Herbert Hoover 1-10 4-14
8. Tolsia 0-11 1-17