NEWTOWN — The Chapmanville Regional High School basketball team won a close one on Tuesday night at Mingo Central as the Tigers prevailed 61-55 over the Miners in Cardinal Conference action.
Chapmanville improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Cardinal Conference. Mingo Central, still winless on the season, dropped to 0-6, 0-4.
Sophomore guard Drew Williamson led the Tigers with a game-high 25 points. Kyle Browning and Dylan Smith also broke into double digits in scoring with 12 and 10 points respectively. Hunter Neil tossed in seven points.
Daniel Buchanan, a Man High School transfer, led Mingo Central with 19 points. Dalton Hatfield had 14, Garrett Moore 13 and Aaron Banks five.
After the tipoff, Chapmanville put the first points on the board but the Miners made it a dog fight throughout the first period. The Tigers edged out the Miners in the first period, taking a 15-10 lead.
Williamson led the Tigers in the first period, scoring 11 of the Tigers’ 15 points.
The Miners outscored the Tigers during the second period 12-9. The Miners were ahead on defensive rebounds and steals. The score at the half was 24-22 in favor of Chapmanville. Foul trouble was beginning to be an issue for both teams heading into halftime.
During the third quarter, Chapmanville switched to man-to-man defense and it affected the Miners’ play as they began to make more mistakes at the start of the second half. Chapmanville outscored the Miners during the third period 15-13, to take a 39-35 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.
The Miners fought hard during the fourth period but fell slightly short as the game play began to take a toll on Mingo Central and fatigue finally set in.
Chapmanville outscored the Miners 22-20 in the fourth period as both teams gave every effort.
The Miners were able to cut the Tigers’ lead to five points with 5:30 minutes left to play in the game but could get no closer.
Mingo Central coach Garland Thompson said his team gave a good effort but fell just short.
“I am absolutely tickled with the effort our guys put forth,” Thompson said. “That is honestly the best we have played all year. You have to give those kids (Chapmanville) credit for how hard they played.”
For Chapmanville first-year coach Brad Napier, it was his first game going against his former team. He coached the Miners the last three seasons and led Mingo Central to the Class AA state tournament last year.
“It was a tough game all the way through,” Napier said. “Both teams fought really hard. It was kind of a bitter sweet win for us because we were just out of rhythm all night. We just didn’t look good. We got in foul trouble early on and it hurt us. Mingo played hard. I really think a lot of these kids.”
Mingo Central will not play their next game until after the holidays when the Miners are scheduled to host Tolsia on Jan 5.
“We are off for Christmas break now and that will give us time to work on some things that we need to work on. This was a tough loss but we will move past it and get ready for Tolsia,” Thompson said.
Chapmanville is slated to host the annual Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament this coming Monday and Tuesday nights at Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Man plays Pikeview in the opener at 7 p.m. on Monday. CRHS then takes on Mount View in the nightcap at 9.
The two losers play in the consolation game on Tuesday at 7. The two winners advance to play in the championship game at 9.
— Logan Banner Sports Editor Paul Adkins contributed to this report.
2015-16 Chapmanville Regional High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule (2-1, 2-0):
Dec. 15: at Herbert Hoover, W 63-60
Dec. 19: vs. Bridgeport (Big 10/Cardinal Conference Challenge at WVSU), L 49-64
Dec. 22: at Mingo Central, W 61-55
Dec. 28: Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), 9 p.m.
Dec. 29: vs. Man or Pikeview (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), TBA
Jan. 2: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15: Man, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: vs. TBA (Hatfield-McCoy Shootout, Williamson), TBA
Jan. 19: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: vs. James Monroe (King Coal Classic at Logan), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2: at Poca, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: vs. Wyoming East (at Charleston Civic Center), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23: at Man, 7:30 p.m.