Tigers, Cats both fall in Challenge


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Logan High School’s David Early dribbles the ball in Saturday’s loss to Robert C. Byrd in the Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Challenge at RCB.


David Early shoots in the lane.


The Wildcats’ Dino Noe (1) goes in for a layup.


Logan’s Jamal Minter passes it off.


Both the Chapmanville Regional and Logan High School boys’ basketball teams ended up falling on Saturday in the Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Challenge at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg.

Class AA preseason No. 6-ranked Chapmanville Regional lost 72-54 to No. 1-ranked Fairmont Senior.

Logan, ranked No. 9 in the state, lost a 66-58 game to host Robert C. Byrd.

The northern-based Big Ten Conference won the Challenge, taking six out of 10 games in matchups with Cardinal Conference teams.

Drew Williamson led Chapmanville (2-1) with a 23-point effort. Kyle Browning had 12 and Dylan Smith 11. Freshman Obinna Killen and Tyler Moore tossed in four points each and Hunter Neal chipped in with one point.

Williamson, Killen and Neal all had seven rebounds each. Killen, a 6-foot-8 center, also had four blocked shots.

Jalen Bridges led Fairmont Senior with 17 points.

Logan fell to 2-2 with the loss to RCB.

Freshman David Early led the way with 27 points. He was the only Wildcat to break into double digits in scoring.

Will Akers had nine, Dino Noe and Chucky Felder had six each and Nate White netted four points. Terrance Chapman had three and T.J. Mullins two.

Logan was 15-for-22 from the free throw line.

Robert C. Byrd (2-2) had balanced scoring and was led by Will Collier, Tre Junkins and Tanner Kennedy who each netted 11 points on the evening. Danah Phillips pumped in nine points for the Eagles as did Kohri Miles.

RCB sank 28-of-37 of its free throws.

The Eagles led 18-14 after one quarter, 25-22 at the half and 46-35 after three.

Akers hit two 3-pointers for Logan. Early also drilled one from beyond the the 3-point arc.

The Eagles outrebounded Logan 35-22. Early led Logan on the boards with six. Early also handed out three assists.

Mullins had three steals for the Cats. Early also had a blocked shot.

RCB turned the ball over 19 times. Logan had 15 turnovers.

Chapmanville next plays Pikeview on Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at home. Man faces Mount View in the opener at 7 p.m.

The finals and consolation game are set for Friday at 7 and 9.

Logan plays at Mingo Central on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a Cardinal Conference game. The Wildcats then host the Poca Dots on Friday night at Willie Akers Arena.

In other Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Challenge games on Saturday, new CC member Nitro beat Lewis County, 91-74, behind the 24-point effort by Austin Woodrum. Michael Martin had 17 points for Nitro (4-1).

Mingo Central downed Bridgeport 64-40. The Miners (2-0) were led by Jeremy Dillon’s 24 points. Freshman Drew Hatfield had 16 and Aaron Banks 10.

Winfield lost to Big Ten team Philip Barbour, 78-68. Winfield (1-2) got 24 points from Tate Hancock. Andrew Huff had 17 and Christian Frye 15. Philip Barbour improved to 5-0.

Last Friday, in Challenge games, Herbert Hoover won 43-33 over Liberty-Harrison behind the 20-point, 12-rebound performance by Chase King.

Scott lost 59-51 to Lincoln and dropped to 0-4 on the season. Alan Johnson had 19 points, Andrew Day 12 and Brandon Elkins 11 for the Skyhawks.

Grafton beat Wayne 68-62. Gunner Daniels and Cameron Wallace tossed in 18 points each for Wayne (1-2).

In other Challenge games, Poca won 60-41 over North Marion and Sissonville lost 84-74 to East Fairmont.

Logan High School’s David Early dribbles the ball in Saturday’s loss to Robert C. Byrd in the Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Challenge at RCB.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_LoganRCB-David-Early-dribble-CMYK.jpgLogan High School’s David Early dribbles the ball in Saturday’s loss to Robert C. Byrd in the Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Challenge at RCB.

David Early shoots in the lane.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_LoganRCB-David-Early-shoots-in-traffic-CMYK.jpgDavid Early shoots in the lane.

The Wildcats’ Dino Noe (1) goes in for a layup.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_LoganRCB-Dino-Noe-basket-CMYK.jpgThe Wildcats’ Dino Noe (1) goes in for a layup.

Logan’s Jamal Minter passes it off.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_LoganRCB-Jamal-Minter-pass-CMYK.jpgLogan’s Jamal Minter passes it off.

By Paul Adkins

[email protected]

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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