CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School boys’ basketball team is off to a 2-0 start to the season after notching a pair of wins.
The Tigers opened the 2015-16 season with a 69-26 victory over Sherman, then beat Duval Middle School, 74-59, on Monday.
CMS scored early and often in the win over Sherman, taking a 24-7 lead after the first quarter of play. CMS led 36-16 at the half and then coasted as the Tigers’ starters saw limited action the rest of the game.
Nathan White led Chapmanville with 12 points in only seven minutes of action. Philip Mullins tossed in eight points in just six minutes of paly.
Andrew Mullins added 10 points in nine minutes. Braxton Manns had nine points as he made three 3-pointers.
Sixth-grader Preston Smith had 12 points off the bench and canned a trio of treys.
Rounding out the scoring was Isaac Dixon with six points, Jacob Nelson with three and Josh Bumgarner, Reed Dingess, Payton Adams and Paul Nelson with two each and Colton Craddock with one point.
Mullins paced CMS with 34 points in the Duval game.
Tigers’ coach Jody Harless said it was a good win by his high-powered team.
“I like a up-tempo style of game,” Harless said. “We spend a lot of time trying to perfect our transition game. This team is capable of great things. We have the talent to win the conference title this year. We have played in the championship game two years in a row. I believe this team can win it if they continue to work.”
Harless said Mullins played very well.
“Philip played hard tonight. He ran the floor hard. Once he starts scoring he’s hard to handle,” Harless said.
Nathan White had 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Tigers.
“Nathan is tough inside. He’s got great footwork. Hes a true post player, who can play with his back to the basket. He creates a tough matchup for whoever we play,” Harless said.
Reed Dingess scored six points and also had four rebounds and four assists.
Josh Bumgarner had two points and seven assist.
“Josh is extremely unselfish. He understands his role as a point guard and does a great job,” Harless said.
CMS was scheduled to play Saturday night at home against Hurricane.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).