CHAPMANVILLE — It was a successful debut for new Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball coach Allan Hatcher on Tuesday night as the Tigers defeated Herbert Hoover 42-24 in the season opener at the CRHS gym.
Hatcher, the former coach at Perry Central (Ky.), who led the old Williamson High School to a state championship, led his new team to the low scoring victory over the Huskies in a Cardinal Conference matchup.
The Tigers led 14-3 after one quarter, 26-9 at the half and 31-19 after three. Chapmanville then outscored Hoover 11-5 in the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Mackenzie Martin and Denver Adkins led the Tigers as each dropped in 14 points. Mike Hurst and Kenny Plumley tallied six each, while Dustin Smith had two points.
Cody Morris led the Huskies with nine points as no Herbert Hoover scorer reached double digits.
“I thought defensively we played really well,” Allan Hatcher said of Tuesday’s victory. “We only gave up nine points at halftime. But we didn’t shoot the ball well. We only shot 33 percent from the floor. The good thing about that is that they only shot 22 percent. Defensively, we’re going to have to win a lot of basketball games. We’re striving to get better offensively all the time. I think that we will but right now the offense is a bit behind the defense.”
Chapmanville, 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, is scheduled to return to action on Friday night at home against Mingo Central in another Cardinal game. Mingo Central is led by first-year head coach Brad Napier, a longtime Logan High School assistant coach under Mark Hatcher, who is Allan Hatcher’s son.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central is 2-0 heading into the game. The Miners won 48-47 at Tolsia last Saturday night.
Matt Lester and Julius Hatcher each tallied 14 points to lead Mingo Central. Both netted four 3-pointers on the night. Austin Banks had seven points, dished out eight assists and pulled down five rebounds.
“This was a real big win for us and it was a hard-fought game,” Napier told the Williamson Daily News after the win. “These kids stuck together and kept fighting. It was a great team win. We just need to keep working and get better every day – in practice and in our games,” Napier said. “I’m really proud of the way our team battled.”
Hatcher said the matchup with the Miners should be good.
“It’s going to be a good one,” he said. “Brad is a good friend of mine and he did a great job when he was with Mark at Logan and he’s done a great job so far at Mingo Central. It’s a conference game and it’s home and we’re expecting a great crowd.”
Man 57, River View 45
BRADSHAW — The Man High School boys’ basketball team won 57-45 in its season opener on Tuesday at River View.
Man is 1-0, while River View fell to 0-2.
Man was led by freshman John Thomas Keffer, who had a game-high 19 points on the night. He also had three assists and three steals.
Joshua Adkins had 11 points, while Gage Harvey and Clay Brumfield tallied six each. Kenny Joe Adkins and Cayce Mullins netted five each. Chris Justice had three and Robert Caudill two.
Joshua Adkins led Man on the boards with nine. Harvey and Mullins pulled down six rebounds each.
Justice finished with five steals.
Man was 21-for-51 from the floor for 41.1 percent and 10-for-20 from the free throw line for 50 percent. River View was only 17-for-57 from the field for only 28.9 percent and 3-for-7 from the foul line.
Man outrebounded the Raiders 36-35.
The Billies are scheduled to host Huntington St. Joe on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the home opener.