Tigers set to host holiday tourney

By Paul Adkins - [email protected]

CHAPMANVILLE — It’s a holiday tradition in Chapmanville.

For many years, the Chapmanville Tigers’ basketball team has hosted a Christmastime holiday tournament and this year’s event expects to be a good one.

The Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament is scheduled to tip off on Monday night as Man plays Pikeview at 7 p.m. in the opener.

The nightcap has the host Tigers battling against Mount View at 9 p.m.

The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday with the consolation game at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 9.

Chapmanville, led by first-year head coach Brad Napier, comes into the tournament with a 2-1 record.

The Tigers opened the season on Dec. 15 with a 63-60 Cardinal Conference win on the road at Herbert Hoover. Chapmanville then lost 64-49 to Bridgeport on Dec. 19 in the Big 10/Cardinal Conference Challenge at West Virginia State University in Institute.

Chapmanville then won 61-55 at Mingo Central on Tuesday in another Cardinal Conference game.

The Tigers, led by 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Drew Williamson, have yet to play at home game, so Monday’s tournament game will serve as the home opener for CRHS.

An earlier scheduled home game against Tolsia was postponed to a later date.

Man enters the holiday tournament 2-0 with wins over Mount View (52-50) and Greater Beckley Christian (75-71).

The Hillbillies are led by senior guard John Thomas Keffer, who poured in 21 points in the win over Mount View. Gabby Brown had 11 points and nine rebounds, while Erik Files finished with 10 points.

Keffer also led Man in the win over GBC with an 18-point game. Cameron Simpson also had 18 points in the win. Jake Adkins had 15 and Kenny Jo Adkins 14 for the Hillbillies.

Mount View is 1-2 heading into the tourney. The Golden Knights lost to Pikeview (52-51) earlier in the season and won at Princeton (67-38).

Pikeview is 3-2 with wins over Oak Hill (60-58), Mount View, Princeton (53-48) and losses to Wyoming East (66-60) and Bluefield (55-52).

If Chapmanville and Man win its respective tourney openers, they will then meet in the finals on Tuesday night. The Tigers and Hillbillies also play each other in a home-and-home series this season.

The tournament is named after Bob Runy0n, the former longtime scorebook keeper for Chapmanville, who passed away a number of years ago.

By Paul Adkins

[email protected]

(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).

(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).

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