LOGAN, W.Va. — The Logan High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t have had any better a season opener or debut game for new coach Zach Green as the Wildcats smashed the Scott Skyhawks, 79-42, on Friday night at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Green promised to bring back the runnin’ in the Runnin’ Wildcats with his exciting fast-paced brand of up tempo basketball.
The Wildcats didn’t disappoint as Logan, 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Cardinal Conference, rolled past Scott (0-2, 0-1).
Logan jumped out to a 16-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back, leading 36-19 at the half and then surging to a 22-0 run in the third quarter to grab a commanding 65-27 edge after three.
Logan freshman point guard David Early electrified the crowd with a thunderous slam dunk during the Wildcats’ big scoring spree in the third.
Dino Noe then put the finishing touches on the win by giving Scott a going-away present in the fourth quarter as he rocked the rim with a jam of his own.
Early led Logan with a double-double as he had 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Noe also finished with a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.
TJ Mullins added 16 points for the Cats. Jamal Minter netted nine points, while senior Will Akers tossed in six points. Terrance Chapman had four, Tyler Browning and Chucky Felder had three each and Trice Boatwright had two points.
Alan Johnson led Scott with 13 points. Brandon Elkins had 11, while Nathan Kuhn and Andrew Day had six each. Cole Moore had for points.
It was a historic first head coaching win for the baritone-speaking Green, a former Logan player and assistant coach.
“I didn’t sleep much last night,” said Green after the game. “I had so much adrenaline and I’m still breathing hard. We’ve still got to do a better job at some things but we saw what we can do and we really turned it on and made it a full court and face-paced game.”
Up by 17 at halftime, Logan then buried the Skyhawks with its big run.
A bucket by Minter made it 46-19 and got it going with a 10-0 run.
Then after a Noe bucket and a big Mullins 3-pointer, it was 51-19 Logan.
Noe then scored on a putback, Mullins hit another 3 and then netted another hoop as the lead swelled to 58-19.
Johnson finally broke Logan’s run with a bucket to make it 58-21.
Mullins then completed a rare four-point play as he scored on a 3-pointer and was fouled and ended up swishing the free throw.
Early’s jam followed as Logan led 65-27 after three, outscoring Scott 29-8 during the period.
The Wildcats coasted the rest of the way.
Green said he was a bit surprised by the 22-0 run.
“I didn’t realize that but we’re going to have to do things like that because we’re not creating yet in the half court,” he said. “In order for us to get big leads we’re going to have to get up and down the floor and push the ball. Our guys got after it there. We got onto them a little bit at halftime.”
Logan’s lead was just 8-5 in the first quarter but the Cats went on an 8-1 run to go up by 10 after one quarter of play. Akers and Early each hit 3s during the run.
Then in the second, an Akers 3 gave LHS a 23-13 lead. Felder’s layup later made it 27-16 with 3:32 to go until halftime.
A 17-foot pull-up jumper by Early made it 30-19 Logan with 2:02 remaining.
Early followed with a 3 and Browning added a free throw and a putback at the buzzer, lifting Logan to a 36-19 lead at the break.
Logan also won the JV game over Scott, 91-80.
Logan played the game without starting guard Braxton Goff, the team’s leading returning scorer. Goff has an injured left foot and is expected to be out for six weeks.
The Wildcats are scheduled to return to action with Tuesday’s conference game against Herbert Hoover. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Logan then plays at Wyoming East on Dec. 15 in a non-conference affair before playing Dec. 17 in the Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Shootout.
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Boys’ Basketball Schedule (1-0, 1-0):
Dec. 9: *Scott, W 79-42
Dec. 13: *Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: at Cardinal Conference/Big 10 Shootout, TBA
Dec. 20: *at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 23: *Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 3: *Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 6: *at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13: *Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: *Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: Wyoming East (Coalfield Shootout), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Westside (Coalfield Shootout), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: *at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: vs. Bridgeport (at Charleston Civic Center), TBA
Feb. 7: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10: *at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17: *at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: *Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: at Huntington, 7:30 p.m.
* Cardinal Conference game