LOGAN, W.Va. — Zach Green and the Logan High School boys’ basketball team hope the King Coal Classic is a springboard to closing out a successful season.
Logan, 7-4, after routing county rival Man, 90-39, on Tuesday night, hopes to win a couple of games this weekend at home as the Wildcats host the annual King Coal Classic at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
The Wildcats will have their hands full with a pair of matchups against Wyoming County’s two teams.
On Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the last of four KCC games, Logan takes on Wyoming East (7-4). Then on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the tournament finale, Logan is set to battle with Westside (6-6).
Logan will be looking for revenge on Wyoming East. The Warriors defeated the Wildcats, 68-64, on Dec. 15 at New Richmond in the previous meeting between the two teams.
Wyoming East has won two straight games heading into the tournament with victories over Independence (89-85) and Pikeview (69-56).
“We’re looking forward to that game,” Coach Green said of East. “We’ll be looking for revenge. They got us early in the season and we felt like it was a game we should have won. We made some mistakes in that one that kind of cost us the game. They’ve won some games and they’ve been in and out of the top 10. Our guys are really hungry to get back in it. We were able to rest some guys and get a lot of guys in (the Man game) so we’ll be rested up because we’ll be playing back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. Hopefully, we can come in and get a win.”
Westside, which lost 62-57 at home to Logan on Jan. 11, is in a tailspin having lost five out of its last seven games. The Renegades lost 55-48 at Oak Hill on Tuesday and fell 89-87 at home to Bluefield on Jan. 17.
“We like playing back-to-back,” Green said. “It will be a really good preview in case we are able to make it to the state tournament. That’s a format that we’ll have to play again. Both of those teams (Wyoming East and Westside) are well coached and those will be two tough wins.”
The King Coal Classic is set to begin on Friday at 4 p.m. at Huntington St. Joe (7-6) plays Mountain Mission, Va. (9-13).
“There’s going to be some good games on Friday. Huntington St. Joe has Murphy and is leading the state in scoring right now at about 28 points a game,” Green said.
Then at 5:30 p.m., Class AAA No. 4-ranked George Washington (10-2) squares off with Perry Central, Ky. (16-6).
“GW’s a top five team in the state,” Green said. “They are very talented. Perry Central’s got quite a bit of talent too. They just got two kids eligible and they are both about 6-foot-8. They are very good athletes and that will be a really good game.”
At 7 p.m., Class A No. 9-ranked Tug Valley (7-6) takes on No. 2 Ravenswood (11-1) in a big matchup of Class A powers.
“That’s a great Single-A game,” Green said of Tug vs. Ravenswood. “Everyone around here is familiar with Tug Valley but Ravenswood has a 6-7 kid that’s going to the University of Charleston and he’s a really good player. There’s going to be a lot of good basketball on Friday.”
On Saturday, the Logan Middle School boys’ basketball team plays at 1 p.m.
The Logan High School girls then square off with East Fairmont at 7 p.m.
“It should be a good day of basketball,” Green said. “We’re encouraging everyone to come out. You’ll be able to see a bunch of teams and it will be exciting to watch.”
2017 King Coal Classic
At Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena
Friday, January 27 games:
Huntington St. Joe vs. Mountain Mission, Va., 4 p.m.
George Washington vs. Perry Central, Ky., 5:30 p.m.
Tug Valley vs. Ravenswood, 7 p.m.
Logan vs. Wyoming East, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 28 games:
Logan Middle School vs. TBA, 1 p.m.
Logan girls vs. East Fairmont, 7 p.m.
Logan vs. Westside, 8:30 p.m.
2016-17 Logan High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule (7-4, 6-2):
Dec. 9: *Scott, W 79-42
Dec. 13: *Herbert Hoover, W 72-47
Dec. 15: at Wyoming East, L 64-68
Dec. 17: vs. Robert C. Byrd (at Cardinal Conference/Big 10 Challenge), L 58-66
Dec. 20: *at Mingo Central, L 59-73
Dec. 23: *Poca, W 52-50
Jan. 3: *Wayne, W 64-42
Jan. 6: *at Scott, ppd.
Jan. 11: at Westside, W 62-57
Jan. 13: *Nitro, W 72-59
Jan. 20: *Chapmanville, L 60-67
Jan. 24: Man, W 90-39
Jan. 27: Wyoming East (King Coal Classic), 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Westside (King Coal Classic), 8:30 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
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).