CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team stands at the pinnacle.
One more win and the Tigers are back in the Class AA state tournament for the second year in a row, the third time in the last four years and for the third time in school history.
No. 3-ranked Chapmanville (20-4) will have that chance as the Tigers are scheduled to host Winfield (15-9) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in one of the two Class AA Region 4 co-championship games.
Wednesday’s other co-final has Poca (19-5) hosting Mingo Central (18-7) in another 7 p.m. tip.
The winners advance to play in the state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center, while the two losers will see its season come to a close.
For Chapmanville, this might be the team’s best ever and best chance yet to not only make it to the state tournament but to also make some noise and compete for a state title.
The Tigers advanced to the regional finals by destroying Mingo Central, 62-37, last Friday night in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 championship game before 3,000 fans at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The score was a shocker to most people given the closeness of the two previous meetings this season with the Miners (both games had went to overtime with each team winning on the other’s home floor).
That also gave Chapmanville some added confidence.
With the Tigers clicking on all cyliders in the post-season that bodes well for CRHS as it hopes to win the school’s first-ever game in the state tournament and make a deep tournament run.
But first things first.
Chapmanville will have to get past a pretty good Winfield team that will be also hungry for a win.
The two teams met during the regular season with the Tigers claiming a 55-44 win over the Generals on the road.
That game, however, came very early in the season.
Winfield was bumped into Wednesday’s road game at Chapmanville after losing 60-53 to the homestanding Poca Dots in Saturday night’s Class AA Region 4 Section 1 final before a sold-out crowd of 1,300 at the Poca High School gym.
CRHS is led by junior guard Drew Williamson, who averages 20.3 points a game, good for second in the Cardinal Conference. Dylan Smith, another junior guard, averages 10.5 points per contest.
Winfield’s top scorer is Braeden McGrew, who averages 17.7 points per game. Tate Hancock (10.2) and Andrew Huff (10.0) are two of the Generals’ other top scorers.
The Generals could not stop Luke Frampton in Saturday’s game. Frampton, the leading scorer in the conference, tossed in 37 points and led the Dots to victory. He also had 11 rebounds for a double-double to go along with three steals and a slam dunk and was 5-from-9 from 3-point land and 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
Winfield hit 12 3s in the Poca game.
The Generals had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but McGrew’s 3 clanged off the rim no good.
“We were [in good position],’’ Generals coach Bryan England told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Down three, had the ball and had a good look. It’s the game of basketball. Sometimes the ball does not fall through the hoop, but I will take Braeden McGrew taking that shot all day long. He works hard on his game year-round and if there’s an open shot to be taken, I would love for him to take it.’’
Freshman guard Christian Frye led Winfield with 20 points, hitting 6-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Huff had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. McGrew was held to nine points on a trio of treys. He also had six steals, however.
Williamson led four Tigers in double figures with 18 points in the Mingo Central game. Smith scored 13, while Hunter Neil and Kyle Browning had 12 each. Obinna Killen finished with seven, including a couple of crowd-pleasing dunks. Killen also had five blocked shots.
CRHS coach Brad Napier said his team and the Miners could both be in the state tournament.
“I think Mingo has a great team and I love those kids, especially the ones I coached,” Napier said. “I think you will still see both of us in the state tournament.”
— Look for more on the Chapmanville-Winfield game in Wednesday’s Logan Banner sports.
Player, School G Pts Avg
Luke Frampton, Poca 21 495 23.6
Drew Williamson, Chapmanville 23 467 20.3
Jeremy Dillon, Mingo Central 23 460 20.0
David Early, Logan 24 464 19.3
Chance Brown, Sissonville 23 437 19.0
Braeden McGrew, Winfield 22 390 17.7
Deshawn Womack, Nitro 23 377 16.4
Austin Woodrum, Nitro 23 373 16.2
Chase King, Herbert Hoover 24 384 16.0
Cam Wallace, Wayne 23 362 15.7
Drew Hatfield, Mingo Central 23 345 15.0
Michael Pinkerton, Sissonville 20 267 13.4
Alan Johnson, Scott 20 250 12.5
Andrew Day, Scott 21 258 12.3
Seth Brooks, Nitro 23 268 11.7
Brandon Elkins, Scott 22 253 11.5
J.P. Phillips, Poca 22 236 10.7
Dylan Smith, Chapmanville 20 210 10.5
Justice Ross, Wayne 21 217 10.3
Tate Hancock, Winfield 22 225 10.2
Andrew Huff, Winfield 22 219 10.0
Zack McCutcheon, Sissonville 22 220 10.0
Nate Samples, Sissonville 23 229 10.0
2016-17 Chapmanville Regional
High School Boys’ Basketball Schedule (20-4, 12-1):
Dec. 10: Mountain Mission, Va., W 64-47
Dec. 13: *at Winfield, W 55-44
Dec. 17: at Fairmont Senior (Big Ten/Cardinal Conference Challenge at RCB), L 54-72
Dec. 22: Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), W 66-57
Dec. 23: vs. Pikeview (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), W 71-60
Dec. 27: vs. Woodstock, Ga. (Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic at Daytona Beach, Fla.), W 83-76 (OT)
Dec. 29: vs. Atlantic, Fla. (Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic at Daytona Beach, Fla.), L 43-62
Dec. 30: vs. Rowan County, Ky. (Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic at Daytona Beach, Fla.), L 64-72
Jan. 10: *at Sissonville, W 76-56
Jan. 13: *at Scott, W 95-54
Jan. 14: *at Wayne, W 69-48
Jan. 17: *Nitro, W 85-60
Jan. 20:*at Logan, W 67-60
Jan. 27: at Man, W 105-32
Jan. 28: *Poca, W 59-56
Jan. 31: *Herbert Hoover, W 62-49
Feb. 3: *Scott, W 66-38
Feb. 4: *Mingo Central, L 56-59 (2OT)
Feb. 7: Man, W 94-35
Feb. 10: *Logan, W 73-62
Feb. 14: *at Mingo Central, W 61-59 (OT)
Feb. 16: * Wayne, W 80-47
Feb. 28: vs. Lincoln County (Class AA sectionals at Logan), W 69-37
March 2: vs. Mingo Central (Class AA sectionals at Logan), W 62-37
March 8: Winfield (Class AA regional c0-final), 7 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.