It was a grand home opener last Saturday night as the Logan High School boys’ basketball team rolled to a 65-45 win over Class AAA sectional rival Cabell Midland at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Logan is now 2-2 on the season and has a long layoff until its next game which is set for Dec. 28 in the Little General Shootout at Beckley Woodrow Wilson.
The Wildcats’ Braxton Goff led all scorers with 20 points in the game. Augustine Chukwu-Noe finished with 16 points, with 15 of those coming in the second half.
Will Akers and Kahlil Murphy each also broke into double digits in scoring with 10 points apiece. Levi Davis had six points and Jamal Minter two points. Terrance Chapman had one point.
It was the first home win for new Logan head coach Allan Hatcher.
“It’s not just another win for us or for me personally,” Hatcher said after the game. “I love this program. I have always loved Logan and it has always been a sports town. People will come out and watch you if you play hard and you are exciting. We want to get better. We made a lot of mistakes tonight. We were just 7-for-20 from the free throw line which is 37 percent and is terrible. These are things that you have to correct and get better at.”
Hatcher praised the play of Chukwu-Noe.
“He always plays hard,” Hatcher said. “He’s a man among kids sometimes on the boards. He plays hard. We’ve got to get the ball to him more.”
Hatcher said Goff also played well.
“Braxton is playing well,” Hatcher said. “He makes mistakes and does some things but I think that he’s one of our most improved players from last year. He’s worked on his shot and he does a great job driving with the ball. He’s a 6-foot-4 guard. The prettiest play in the game was against their 1-3-1 trap and he got the ball to Kahlil for a basket. That was the best play because that was team basketball. I just think that he’s going to get better and better.”
(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).