The Logan High School boys’ basketball team has a very difficult schedule this season.
It doesn’t get any easier as Logan (3-3) hits the road on Tuesday to play at No. 1-ranked and two-time defending Class AAA state champion Huntington, a Triple-A sectional rival.
The Wildcats 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).
The Highlanders beat Parkersburg South 55-50 in last year’s Class AAA state championship game, finishing out the season at 23-5.
Huntington won the 2014 state title with a 55-54 victory over Hurricane as the Highlanders finished 23-4.
Huntington also won three straight Class AAA state titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
“We’re excited about playing Huntington High,” Logan first-year coach Allan Hatcher said. “I watched them play and I talked to Ron Kidd about them. Beckley was up nine against them and were up six in overtime and they ended up getting beat. I also watched them play against Ironton and they beat them by two points. We’re excited about the opportunity to play them. They are in our section and they are number one in the state.”
The Wildcats are coming off a 1-1 showing last week in the Little General Shootout at Beckley.
Logan lost a disappointing 55-50 game to George Washington in the tourney opener then overwhelmed Westside 48-24 in the consolation game.
Senior forward and Nigerian import Augustine Chukwu-Noe paced Logan with 16 points in the win over Westside.
Against GW, Kyle Porter led Logan with a 17-point game. Braxton Goff had 12 and Chukwu-Noe 11.
After taking on Huntington, LHS hosts Princeton on Friday night and then hosts Point Pleasant on Saturday night.
(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).