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.
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