The Logan High School boys’ basketball team got revenge on Westside and picked up a much-needed win on Tuesday as the Wildcats doubled up on the Renegades with a 48-24 victory in the Little General Shootout consolation game at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center.
Logan (3-3) had lost just two weeks before at Westside, 63-60 in overtime.
It was a different story this time as the Wildcats held the Renegades to just seven second-half points and only 24 total.
Logan had lost 55-50 to George Washington on Monday night in the first round of the Little General Shootout to drop into the consolation game.
The Wildcats outscored Westside 25-7 in the second half after taking a 23-17 edge at the intermission.
Logan owned the boards, outrebounding Westside 31-14 for the game and sank 12-of-15 of its free throws for 80 percent, an improvement from past games. Westside netted 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Augustine Chukwu-Noe paced Logan with a 16-point effort. Kyle Porter had eight, Braxton Goff seven, while Jamal Minter and Kahlil Murphy pitched in four each. Will Akers had three and Samuel Justice and Levi Davis had two each.
Shane Jenkins led Westside with eight points. Larry Cook and Jordan Thornsbury had six apiece.
Logan first-year coach Allan Hatcher said it was good to get back on track with a win.
“It’s a great feeling as a coach to know that they are trying to do what you are asking them to do,” Hatcher said after the game. “They learn from that. We shot better from the free throw line and we didn’t make as many mistakes. We also beat them on the boards. This team beat us two weeks ago. We just took them out of everything tonight in what they were trying to run offensively. They scored just two field goals in the second half. We didn’t score that many points but we were hungry for a win. It seems like everyone played well and played with enthusiasm.”
Logan and Westside are scheduled to play a rubber game on Jan. 23 at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Logan’s Chukwu-Noe and Westside’s Cook were recipients of scholarships by Little General following the game.
“It was a good tournament and we were treated first class,” Hatcher said of the Shootout.
The Wildcats have their hands full with Tuesday night’s game at Class AAA No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Huntington, a Triple-A sectional rival.
Logan lost to Huntington, 68-58, last year at home in the only meeting between the Wildcats and the Highlanders.
Huntington is 5-0 on the season so far, scoring wins over Cabell Midland (71-42), Parkersburg (75-64), Spring Valley (71-44), Beckley Woodrow Wilson (71-65) and Ironton, Ohio (58-56).
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).