LOGAN, W.Va. — Revenge is oh so sweet.
The last time the Logan High School boys’ basketball team played Wyoming East, earlier in the season at New Richmond, the Wildcats lost a close one to the Warriors in a game they felt they should have won.
This time was different as Logan won the rematch late on Friday night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena as the Wildcats beat Wyoming East, 64-58, in the annual King Coal Classic.
Logan improved to 8-4 on the season.
The Wildcats have won six out of their last seven games and seem to be putting it together with a month to go in the regular season.
Wyoming East, which beat Logan 68-64 on Dec. 15 at home, dropped to 7-6 with the loss.
Freshman guard David Early led Logan with 21 points, while Dino Noe, a 6-foot-5 junior center, dropped in 13 points and put down a couple more monster dunks. Will Akers, a 6-2 senior guard, finished with 10 points.
Jon Sims led the Warriors with 17 points. Zach Cook tossed in 12 points.
Logan was scheduled to finish off King Coal Classic play on Saturday night with a game against another Wyoming County team, Westside. The Renegades won 44-43 over Princeton on Friday night.
Wyoming East had the upper hand on the Wildcats early, taking an 18-7 lead after one quarter.
Logan then largely dominated play the final three periods, outscoring East 57-40.
The Wildcats got the momentum going with a 7-0 run to pull to within 18-14.
Early’s 3-pointer then pulled the Cats to within 18-17 and Akers then hit a 3 of his own to give Logan its first lead of the night at 20-18.
The Wildcats would lead 26-25 at halftime, outscoring the Warriros 19-7 in the second period.
Logan led 31-27 in the third then went up by five points after a bucket by Noe.
Goff then drilled a 3-pointer to make it 38-30 Logan.
Early followed with another trey as the Wildcats expanded the lead to 41-30.
Later on, Noe scored on a reverse layup with one minute to go in the third quarter as Logan led 47-32. That was the score after three periods of play.
In the fourth quarter, Noe rocked the rim with a slam dunk, giving the Wildcats a 50-35 lead. He was fouled on the dunk and netted a free throw to complete the three-point play.
Noe had a second lob dunk as Logan’s lead was 52-43.
Wyoming East, however, didn’t go away, cutting the lead to 54-48 and then to 56-50.
Early made it 58-50 with a pair of free throws and the Warriors were able to close to within 58-53 but Logan went on a little run and put Wyoming East away for good.
Logan coach Zach Green said it was a good win for his team.
“We started to play better in the second half,” said Green, Logan’s first-year coach. “Until our guys get focused and pay attention to detail we’re going to struggle with games like this. We’re not going to be one of those top two teams if we don’t pay attention to detail but overall we’re happy to get a win. We kind of stretched it out there a little bit and it got exciting but we let up a little bit and they got back into the game.”
After the Westside game, Logan is scheduled to play at Sissonville on Tuesday night at 7:30 in a Cardinal Conference game.
Logan then plays at winless Man next Saturday night.
Both have 7:30 p.m. tip times.
2016-17 Logan High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule (8-4, 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. 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), W 64-58
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
Boys’ Basketball Standings
Team Conf. All
Chapmanville 6-0 11-3
Mingo Central 6-1 11-3
Logan 5-2 8-4
Wayne 0-7 3-11
Scott 0-8 3-11
Team Conf. All
Poca 5-2 10-2
Sissonville 5-3 8-4
Winfield 5-3 8-6
Nitro 4-6 9-7
Herbert Hoover 2-7 7-8