The Logan High School basketball team made a game of it but fell 55-50 to George Washington on Monday in the first round of the Little General Shootout at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center.
Logan (2-3) was scheduled to face Westside on Tuesday night in the consolation game. Beckley Woodrow Wilson, a winner over Westside on Monday in the other opening round contest, was set to square off with GW (3-0) in the finals.
The Wildcats led 11-6 after the first quarter and held a 16-8 lead early in the second before a 19-0 GW run pushed the Patriots to a 27-16 lead. GW led 27-19 at the half and maintained a 38-36 edge after three.
Then in the fourth, the lead see-sawed back and forth and the game was tied at 38, 40, 42, 44 and 48.
GW then went ahead for good with a bucket to make it 50-48. The Patriots’ Deshawn Womack then scored on a layup with 53 seconds left to increase the margin to 52-48.
George Washington’s Tracy Conliffe then sank a pair of free throws with 39 seconds to go, making it 54-48 Patriots.
Sophomore point guard Justin Phillips then put the game away with 18 seconds remaining as he split from the free throw line as GW led 55-48.
Logan’s Braxton Goff scored on a layup with 10 seconds left but that was as close as Logan could get.
Kyle Porter led Logan with a 17-point game. Goff had 12 and Augustine Chukwu-Noe 11. Kahlil Murphy tossed in five, Will Akers three and Levi Davis two. Porter nailed down three 3-pointers in the game. Akers also made one.
Phillips paced GW with 16 points, while Conliffe had 13 and Matt Cook nine. Benjamin Arthur and Travon Isabell had five each, Lawrence Bryson four and Womack three.
The Cats were just 7-for-15 from the free throw line. The Patriots were 11-for-17.
Logan coach Allan Hatcher said the second quarter, in which his team was outscored 21-8, was the difference.
“That was a bad quarter,” Hatcher said after the game. “But we got through that. We got down eight at halftime. Kyle Porter I thought played pretty well tonight. He helped us hang in there. We had a one-point lead and the ball with about three or four minutes left in the game but we didn’t have very good execution. We didn’t get the ball to the right people and we took quick shots.”
Logan led 9-4 in the first quarter as Porter scored on an inside hoop to close out a 9-2 run.
Up by eight in the second the tide began to turn on the Cats.
Cook’s 3 later finished off the 19-0 run to put George Washington ahead 27-16. A 3 by Porter with 29 ticks to go then made it 27-19 at the break.
“We made some turnovers in the first half,” Hatcher said. “We tried to correct those in the second half. The game was ours to win.”
In the third, Arthur put GW ahead 34-28 with a 3-pointer.
Logan then came back.
A 3 by Porter and later a 3 by Akers with one second left closed Logan to within 38-36 after three quarters of play.
The Patriots were able to overtake Logan in the back-and-fourth final period.
“I was disappointed with our work on the boards,” Hatcher said. “But this group has got to learn how to win games like this. We’ve played three teams that are pretty good. Perry County Central is 9-1. Westside is 2-1 and GW is 3-0. We’re not losing to bad teams but having the opportunity to play good teams is a plus for us because we are learning.”
Logan was set to play Westside in Tuesday night’s tourney consolation game. The Renegades are already 1-0 vs. Logan this season with a 63-60 OT win at Clear Fork on Dec. 15. The teams meet a third time on Jan. 23 in Logan.
The Cats then play Jan. 5 at Class AAA defending state champion Huntington.
(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).