CHAPMANVILLE — Over the years, Chapmanville’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament has been more interesting whenever the hometown Tigers are matched up against the cross-county rival Man Hillbillies.
It sure was interesting on Tuesday night when the two hoop teams met in the championship game as Chapmanville beat the Billies 77-71 in a back-and-forth see-saw battle to take the title.
Chapmanville, coached by first-year mentor Brad Napier, improved to 4-1 on the season, winning its third straight game.
Coach Harvey Arms’ Man Hillbillies were handed their first loss of the season and dropped to 3-1.
Chapmanville advanced to the finals with Monday’s 50-46 win over Mount View. Man also won a narrow opening round contest on Monday with a thrilling 70-67 victory over the Pikeview Panthers, in a game that went right down to the wire.
Tuesday’s championship game featured many lead changes.
Chapmanville led 21-16 after one quarter but fell behind 39-38 at the half as Man outscored the Tigers 23-17 in the frame.
The Hillbillies held a 55-48 third quarter lead and had a 55-52 edge heading into the fourth period.
Chapmanville then outpointed Man 25-16 in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Tigers were led by hot-shooting sophomore guard Drew Williamson who tallied a game-high 24 points. Tyler Moore netted a season-high 17 points, while Jordan Whitt had 15 and Kyle Browning 11. Browning had nine of those points in the fourth quarter and was 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Dylan Smith chipped in with five points for the Tigers. Hunter Neil rounded out the scoring with four points.
Man was led by senior guard John Thomas Keffer’s 23 points. He had just six points at the half but netted 17 in the the final two quarters. Jake Adkins tossed in 19 and Kenny Jo Adkins also broke into double digits with 13 points. Gabby Brown had six, Erik Files five, Cameron Simpson three and Josh Adkins two points.
The Bob Runyon title by the Tigers was the first in many years. Class AAA Riverside won the last two holiday tournament crowns but did not play in this year’s tourney.
Man’s Keffer, Kenny Jo Adkins and Jake Adkins were named to the all-tournament team. Moore, Browning and Williamson were the representatives from Chapmanville.
Coach Napier said it was a good win by his youthful team over a very good Man squad.
“This group for a young group is pretty resilient,” Napier said after the game. “They don’t really panic a whole lot. I had confidence in them coming back. We just had to make a few adjustments. We thought that we had the advantage inside. We wanted to throw it in there to our big guys. Our big guys carried us tonight. We have a smart group of kids and they understand how to play the game. They are young but smart. They are starting to get a little bit of confidence. I think they will keep getting better and better.”
The Tigers made their move in the fourth quarter.
Tied at 57, Williamson drained a 3-pointer to put CRHS on top 60-57.
Keffer then tied it at 60 with a 3.
The Tigers then took the lead for good after an inside bucket by Moore put Chapmanville on top 64-60.
A three-point play by Whitt then gave CRHS its largest lead of the night at 67-60 with 3:15 to go.
Brown kept Man in it with a hoop, trimming the margin to 69-65.
However, Browning made two free throws with 1:10 left, giving the Tigers a 71-65 lead.
Smith’s basket with 1:02 to go pushed the margin to 73-65, pretty much putting the game out of reach.
Browning later sealed it with a pair of free throws.
Napier said Man gave his team all they wanted.
“Man’s a really good team and they were shooting the lights out tonight,” he said. “If they were open tonight they basically made the shot. They didn’t miss hardly an open look. They made some tough shots, too, that were contested. I’m pretty proud of our guys because Man’s a good, quality team. They are going to win a lot of games this year.”
Chapmanville had jumped out to a 6-0 lead but Man went on an 8-0 run to grab an 8-6 lead.
Jake Adkins and Williamson then traded 3s and Kenny Jo Adkins’ 19-footer with 46 seconds left in the first quarter pulled Man even at 16.
Williamson then hit another trey and Whitt’s inside bucket gave the Tigers a 21-16 lead after one.
The game then see-sawed in the second period.
After 3s by Jake Adkins and Kenny Jo Adkins Man led 25-23.
Chapmanville then regained the lead at 28-27 after a pair of Moore hoops.
Whitt’s putback and Williamson’s layup gave CRHS a 32-29 lead with 3:12 left until halftime.
Man got the lead back after drilling another 3 but the Tigers regained the lead at 36-35 with Whitt’s 15-footer.
Keffer gave Man the lead back at 39-36 after sinking a basket and then making two free throws.
Whitt’s bucket with three seconds left put Chapmanville to within 39-38 at the break.
Man is back in action on Saturday night at home against Greater Beckley Christian. The Billies beat GBC 75-71 on Dec. 18 on the road.
The Tigers are scheduled to play again on Saturday night at home against Class AA sectional rival and Cardinal Conference team Scott.
CRHS split with Scott last season, falling 55-51 on the road and winning 48-43 at home.
The Skyhawks are 2-3 so far this year, having lost 56-54 at Tolsia on Dec. 21 in their last game.
“Scott is always good and they are coached well,” Napier said. “They play good defense and Tanner Bell is a force inside and out. (Patrick) Underwood is a great shooter. They have some other kids that can shoot the ball. It’s a rivaly game and we fully expect both teams will give 110 percent. It will be a battle from start to finish.”
Chapmanville has a rematch with the Billies on Jan. 15 at home. Game 3 is set for Feb. 23 at Man in the regular season finale.
Tip time for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.
Pikeview won Tuesday night’s Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament consolation game with a 56-52 victory over Mount View.
Wayne Brookman paced Pikeview with 17 points. Seth Meadows tossed in 14, while Tyler Boyd had nine and Hunter Hill eight.
DeMoni Edwards led Mount View with 22 points. Kenneth Brown netted 14.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).