Tigers fall short to Riverside in OT

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor and Jerry Fekete Banner Correspondent

December 31, 2013

CHAPMANVILLE — It was one heck of a championship game on Saturday night in Chapmanville Regional High School’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament but it was Class AAA Riverside which came away with a 72-69 overtime victory over the Tigers at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.

It was the first defeat of the season for Chapmanville, which dropped to 5-1. The Tigers easily defeated Mount View, 62-33, last Friday night in the first round of the four-team tourney.

Man, which lost by 50 points to Riverside on Friday night, bounced back to defeat Mount View, 55-50, in Saturday night’s tournament consolation game. Man (3-1) had opened the season with a 68-47 win over Mount View and are now 2-0 this season against the Golden Knights.

Riverside led Chapmanville by as many as seven points and held a 43-41 lead after three. The Tigers then sent the game to overtime but came up short in the extra period.

The Tigers were led by 6-foot junior guard and transfer Josh Butcher with 28 points. Butcher, who played at Riverside High School last season, was playing against his former Warrior teammates for the first time.

Chapmanville also got 13 points from Joe Tackett and 10 from senior Brady Cox. Kenny Plumley had nine, Zac Casto five and Trey Dalton four.

Senior Tyus Wood led Riverside (3-0) with 29 points. Tamar Lawson had 16 points — all coming in the second half. Josh Carpenter had 13 for the Warriors, while Jaquan Brock had nine.

Chapmanville was 24-for-50 from the floor for 48 percent. The Tigers were 7-of-20 from 3-point land and 10-for-12 from the free throw line for 83 percent.

Riverside made many more trips to the foul line and were 26-for-35 for 74 percent. The Warriors were 17-for-38 shooting for 45 percent, including 3-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Riverside had 19 turnovers in the game to 11 for the Tigers.

The game was tied 61-61 at the end of regulation. The Tigers soon took a 63-61 lead with a Butcher hoop but Wood then answered with a bucket to knot it up at 63.

Brock later put Riverside ahead 67-63 with a pair of free throws. The Warriors went up 69-65 with a Wood basket before Cox cut it to 69-67 with 1:13 to go with a hoop.

Butcher, later on, was fouled and cramping up but still went to the free throw line to hit two shots, cutting the Warrior lead to 70-69.

Wood then drained a shot with 24 ticks left to make it 72-69 Riverside.

Chapmanville had a chance to tie but Williamson’s 3-pionter with 17 seconds left was off the mark.

Casto, Plumley and Cox all fouled out for CRHS.

In the Man game, John Thomas Keffer led the Hillbillies with 28 points. Senior Cayce Mullins netted 11, while Kenny Joe Adkins and freshman Daniel Buchannon had six each. Jake Adkins rounded out the Man scoring with two points.

Donnell Bonds had 14 and Rashawn Brooks 11 for Mount View.

The Billies jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. Man led 17-7 after one quarter but the Knights cut it to 28-25 at halftime.

Mount View outscored Man 13-12 in the third to cut the margin to 40-38 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

However, the Billies outscored the Knights 15-12 in the fourth to come away with the win.

The game was tied 49-49 before Keffer gave Man the lead for good with 2:16 left as he hit two free throws to make it 52-50.

Later on, Mullins scored on a breakaway layup at the buzzer to put the win on ice.

Chapmanville hosts rival Scott on Friday night in a battle of Class AA sectional and Cardinal Conference foes.

Man hosts Greater Beckley Christian on Friday night.

Both games are slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m.