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Man’s season comes to a close at Greater Beckley Christian

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

March 7, 2014

BECKLEY — The Man High School boys’ basketball team had a daunting task on Wednesday night in the Class A Region 3 Section 1 semifinals.


The Hillbilllies had to play at Greater Beckley Christian.


The underdog Man boys fell 90-57 to the Crusaders and saw its season come to an end at 11-12.


Man, which beat Van in last Saturday’s sectional tournament opener at home, lost all three games to Greater Beckley Christian this season.


The Crusaders were led by the 40-point performance from Elisha Kidd. Javonna Staunton-Bailey also ripped the nets for 31 points.


Sophomore guard John Thomas Keffer led Man with 21 points.


Greater Beckley Christian now moves on to play host to defending Class A state champion Tug Valley in Saturday’s sectional championship game, set for 1 p.m. at the Raleigh County Armory in Beckley.


The Panthers, which have won two straight state titles, also taking a 2A crown in 2012, had no problems with Sherman on Wednesday night as Tug won 74-45 at home.


Both Greater Beckley and Tug Valley will play their regionals next Wednesday.


The Crusaders improved to 17-6 on the season with the win. Tug Valley is 17-5 and have gone 12-1 in its last 13 games, including a 67-52 victory over GBC on Feb. 27 in Naugatuck.


Tug Valley lost 67-53 at Greater Beckley Christian early on in the season.


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Man High School Hillbillies


2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (11-12):


Dec. 17: Mount View, W 68-47


Dec. 20: at Montcalm, W 81-51


Dec. 27: vs. Riverside (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at Chapmanville), L 40-90


Dec. 28: vs. Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at Chapmanville), W 55-50


Jan. 3: Greater Beckley Christian, L 61-75


Jan. 8: at Sherman, L 68-69


Jan. 9: at River View, W 62-54


Jan. 14: at Chapmanville, L 47-58


Jan. 17: Montcalm, W 59-51


Jan. 18: vs. Wesley Christian (Ky.) at Hatfield-McCoy Shootout, Williamson, L 58-82


Jan. 24: Huntington St. Joe, L 60-62


Jan. 29: at Tug Valley, L 33-78


Jan. 31: Phelps, Ky., W 77-53


Feb. 4: River View, W 75-71


Feb. 5: at Phelps, Ky., W 77-68


Feb. 7: at Greater Beckley Christian, L 73-107


Feb. 11: Tug Valley, L 63-76


Feb. 17: at Mount View, W 64-56


Feb. 18: Belfry, Ky., W 72-65


Feb. 21: at Huntington St. Joe, L 74-90


Feb. 25: Chapmanville, L 58-90


March 1: Van (Class A sectional tourney), W 77-50


March 4: at Greater Beckley Christian (Class A sectional tourney), L 57-90