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Tigers on a roll heading into tournament

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

December 25, 2013

CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team is like butter.


They’re on a roll.


The Tigers, 4-0 after Monday night’s 68-36 home game over Lincoln County, are undefeated going into this weekend’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.


Chapmanville would like to stay unbeaten and win two games this weekend to take the tourney crown, something that has eluded the Tigers many times over the years.


CRHS is set to open play in the Bob Runyon tourney on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. against Mount View in the second game.


Single-A Man takes on Class AAA Riverside on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the tourney opener.


The two winners are set to meet on Saturday in the tournament championship game at 8:30 p.m. The two losers face off at 6:30 p.m. in the consolation game.


Chapmanville faces a struggling Mount View team which enters the tourney 0-4 and a heavy underdog against the Tigers. The Golden Knights were routed twice over the weekend in the Bluefield tourney, falling 91-21 and 59-26.


Mount View opened with a 70-32 loss at home to Greater Beckley Christian. The Knights then lost 68-47 at Man on Dec. 17.


If the Tigers and Man both win it will create an all-Logan County championship game on Saturday night. Chapmanville and Man are already set to play each other twice this season.


Man has shown much improvement over last year and come into the tourney with a 2-0 mark. The Hillbillies won over Mount View and then took an 81-51 win at Montcalm last Friday night.


Riverside is 1-0, registering a 76-70 win at Magnolia.


If the favored Tigers win and Riverside beats Man it would create a Chapmanville-Riverside final on Saturday night. On Chapmanville’s roster is 6-foot transfer guard Josh Butcher, a former player at Riverside High School.


Chapmanville, coached by Allan Hatcher, was coming off last Saturday’s convincing 72-43 win over North Marion in the Big 10/Cardinal Conference Challenge at the Charleston Civic Center.


The Tigers were led in the game by senior Brady Cox with 19 points. Butcher also had a good game, finishing with 17 points. Joe Tackett also reached double digits in scoring with 16 points. Kenny Plumley had nine points.


Butcher sank three 3-pointers.


Man was led by sophomore John Thomas Keffer in the win over Montcalm as he poured in 23 points for the Billies. He also had eight steals, seven rebounds and six assists.


The Hillbillies had four players in double digits in scoring as freshman Daniel Buchannon tossed in 16 points and Cayce Mullins and Jake Adkins had 10 points each in the victory.


In the win earlier in the season over Mount View, Man was paced by Keffer who netted 16 points. He also dished out seven assists and had eight steals. Keffer sealed the game down the stretch as he made 8-of-10 free throws in the final three minutes of play.


Mullins had 13 points and 10 boards for Man.


Darnell Bonds led Mount View with 12 points. Reshawn Brooks had 11.


Chapmanville has had only mixed success over the years in its holiday tournament.


Last year, however, the Tigers won the tourney title by topping Pikeview 63-58 in the finals. Chapmanville routed Man 94-44 in the opener.


Two years ago, the Tigers downed Pikeview in the opener, 77-53, and then lost to Mingo Central, 76-68, in the championship game.


Three seasons ago, Chapmanville lost 63-59 to Man in the opener and then took it out on Sherman in the consolation game by a 112-49 score.


In the 2008-09 season, the Tigers advanced to the tourney finals but were pummeled by Lincoln County, 100-65.


Lincoln County also beat Chapmanville in the 2007-08 season Christmas tourney title game with a 73-55 victory over the Tigers.


In the 2006-07 season, Chapmanville beat Man 64-52 in the consolation game.


The year before in 2005, the Tigers lost 63-53 to Gilbert in the tourney championship game.


Back in 2004, Chapmanville claimed the title with a 56-35 win over Harts in the finals. The Tigers had won 75-54 over Sherman to open the tourney.


Man was the tourney winner in 2003 as the Hillbillies downed the Tigers 65-56 in the title game.


Man also took the crown in 2002 with a 48-44 win over Chapmanville in the finals.


Back in 2001, Chapmanville toppled Man 74-61 for the tourney championship.


In the 1980s and 1990s, the old Harts High School and coach Harry Kirk were very successful in the holiday tourney, often winning the championship.


Kirk went on to coach at CRHS for three seasons before Hatcher took over the reigns last season.


Chapmanville 68,


Lincoln County 36


CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville boys’ basketball team shook off a slow start and pounded the Lincoln County Panthers 68-36 on Monday night at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.


The Tigers were tied with the Panthers at 13 after one quarter, then led 26-20 at the half and 50-30 after three. An 18-6 fourth quarter then turned it into a rout.


Zac Casto came off the bench to lead Chapmanville’s balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Toe Tackett had 12, Trey Dalton 11 and Brady Cox and Josh Butcher tossed in eight each. Kenny Plumley had seven, Jon Williamson four, Trevor Nagy three and Jordan Toler two.


No LC players reached double digits in scoring.


The Panthers were led by Schylar Kelley who netted nine points.


Lincoln County fell to 0-5 with the loss.