Ben Kazee is on a tear.
The new Logan High School basketball player poured in a game-high 21 points on Saturday night as the Wildcats destroyed Point Pleasant, 76-30, and won their second straight game.
Kazee, formerly Ben Eke and an ex-Chapmanville Regional High School player and Nigerian National, tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds last Friday night in Logan’s 51-37 home victory over Princeton.
Logan is now back above .500 on the season with a 5-4 mark after the rout over Point. The Big Blacks are now 3-7.
Kazee made seven buckets in the game and was 7-for-12 from the free throw line.
Logan also got double figures in scoring from Khalil Murphy and Will Akers who tallied 11 and 10 points respectively. TJ Mullins and Kyle Porter netted nine points each, while Braxton Goff had six. Jamal Minter and Levi Davis had three each and Samuel Justice and Terrance Chapman had two apiece.
Senior Bradley Gibbs paced the Big Blacks with 13 points. He was the only Point player in double digits. He sank a trio of 3-pointers on the night. Mullins also drained three 3s for Logan, while Akers hit two.
Logan was 12-for-19 from the free throw line and Point Pleasant was 5-for-7.
The Wildcats led 13-4 after one quarter and outscored Point 22-5 in the second to take a commanding 35-9 lead at halftime. A 23-14 edge in the third put Logan on top 58-23 after three. Logan’s 18-7 margin in the fourth set the final score.
Wildcat’s coach Allan Hatcher seemed pleased with his team’s effort.
“We’ve got about 10 guys that we can put in there,” Hatcher said after the game. “They all played in the first quarter. I wasn’t happy with how we started. We turned the ball over two or three times and couldn’t get going. But tonight you saw a pretty good defensive effort.”
Logan is scheduled to have a three-game road swing starting Tuesday night at Winfield. The Generals normally have a strong program but Winfield is just 2-6 to start the season.
Winfield drops down to Class AA next year with Logan and both teams will also be joining the Cardinal Conference along with Nitro. The Generals have lost four straight games, including a 63-53 setback on Saturday night at home against Capital.
The Wildcats then play at Wheeling Park on Friday night and at Brooke on Saturday at 4 p.m. before heading back to Logan.
Logan’s next home game is Jan. 21 vs. Kentucky powerhouse Johnson Central.
The Cats are looking forward to the trio of away games.
“We want to play Winfield. They have a rivalry with them,” Hatcher said. “We know that they are well coached. They are playing slower and more controlled and we like to increase the tempo. We play Wheeling Park on Friday night and they are real athletic. Then we play Brooke at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. We’ve got a long trip to Wheeling, so hopefully we can get three wins this week.”
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Boys’ Basketball Schedule (5-4):
Dec. 8: vs. Mingo Central at Williamson, W 64-40
Dec. 11: vs. Perry Central (Ky.) at Clay County, Ky. tourney, L 54-55
Dec. 15: at Westside, L 60-63 (OT)
Dec. 19: Cabell Midland, W 65-45
Dec. 28: vs. George Washington (Little General tourney at Beckley), L 50-55
Dec. 29: vs. Westside (Little General tourney at Beckley), W 48-24
Jan. 5: at Huntington, L 43-68
Jan. 8: Princeton, W 51-37
Jan. 9: Point Pleasant, W 76-30
Jan. 12: at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15: at Wheeling Park, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: at Brooke, 4 p.m.
Jan. 21: Johnson Central (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: Wyoming East (King Coal Classic at Logan), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: Mountain Mission, Va. (King Coal Classic at Logan), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: vs. Shady Spring, Little General Shootout at Charleston Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23: Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: Beckley Woodrow Wilson, 7:30 p.m.
(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).