Tigers rally past Billies, 67-64


By Jerry Fekete - Banner Correspondent



Man High School’s John Thomas Keffer (10) scores two of his game-high 31 points in Friday night’s loss at Chapmanville. The Tigers’ Drew Williamson and Hunter Neil defend.


Man’s Cameron Simpson (32) shoots a jumper.


Chapmanville’s Jordan Whitt and Tyler Moore battle for a rebound with Man’s Josh Adkins (40).


The Tigers’ Drew Williamson puts up a bucket in Friday night’s win.


Man’s Erik Files (14) fakes Chapmanville’s Kyle Browning as Dylan Smith (11) watches.


The Billies’ Gabby Brown (22) scores two over the Tigers’ Tyler Neil (50) and Dylan Smith.


Man’s Kenny Jo Adkins (12) flies into the lane for a layup past Chapmanville’s Tyler Moore and Jordan Whitt.


CHAPMANVILLE — Friday night marked the second time in a month the Man High School boys’ basketball team lost on the road at county rival Chapmanville.

The Hillbillies fell to 6-2 on the season and blew a 17-point lead as Man lost 67-64 at Chapmanville Regional.

The Tigers improved to 5-3 with the win. Chapmanville had beaten Man 77-71 on Dec. 29 in the championship game of the annual Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament.

Man was leading the Tigers 52-35 with 2:45 to go in the third period, however, CRHS outscored Man 32-12 the rest of the way to get the victory.

The Tigers placed four players in double digits in scoring led by Drew Williamson’s 22 points. Dylan Smith had 15, while Tyler Moore and Kyle Browning had 12 each. Jordan Whitt, Hunter Neil and James Ellis had two points each.

John Thomas Keffer led Man with 31 points. Kenny Jo Adkins tossed in 15 points, while Gabby Brown had eight. Josh Adkins and Cameron Simpson netted three each and Jake Adkins and Erik Files had two each.

Chapmanville was 25-for-61 shooting from the floor for 40 percent. The Tigers were 3-for-13 from 3-point range and 14-for-22 from the free throw line for 63 percent.

The Hillbillies were 24-for-56 from the field for 42 percent and 6-for-18 from 3-point land. Man made 10-for-12 free throws for 83 percent.

Man led 17-14 after one quarter, 40-31 at the half and 56-45 after three. Chapmanville’s 22-8 fourth quarter finished out the comeback win.

The first quarter saw nine lead changes with Man clinging to a 17-14 lead after quarter number one.

Man took a 29-22 advantage mid-way in the second stanza on a steal and fast break basket by Kenny Jo Adkins.

Simpson and Josh Adkins then came off the bench for the Billies and each hit a 3-pointer to spark MHS as Man took a 40-31 lead at the half.

Man built their lead to 15 points with 5:11 to go on back-to-back 3-balls by Keffer.

Kenny Jo Adkins then got a fast break layup to give Man the 17-point advantage at the 2:45 mark.

The Tigers never quit as they clawed their way back into the game, going on a 7-0 run to cut the Man deficit to 56-45 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Chapmanville then cut the Billies’ lead to just five points at 58-53 with 4:37 to play on two free throws by Smith.

After two turnovers by Man the Tigers cut the lead to a single point at 60-59 with 2:12 to play in the game on a basket by Browning.

Keffer then hit two key free throws to make it 62-59 at the 1:52 mark.

Browning then scored on a runner off the glass to make it 62-61 and then picked Keffer’s pocket and raced in for a layup to give CRHS the lead at 63-62 with 1:20 on the clock.

Man was called for a charge and turned the ball back over to the black attack and Williamson then hit a basket to give the Tigers a 65-62 advantage with just 46 ticks on the clock.

Keffer then hit a jumper in the lane to cut the Tigers lead to 66-64 with 34 seconds left. Williamson was then fouled with 29 seconds left but missed both free throws.

Keffer then missed a shot to tie the game with nine seconds left as the Tigers would hold on for the 67-64 win.

Chapmanville was scheduled to get back into action on Saturday against Pikeville (Ky.) in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at Williamson. Man was also in the Shootout with a game against Betsy Layne (Ky.).

The Tigers host Sissonville on Tuesday and head to Wayne on Friday.

The Billies play at James Monroe on Monday night and head to Tug Valley on Tuesday night beofre hosting Ambassador Christian Academy on Jan. 21.

Man High School’s John Thomas Keffer (10) scores two of his game-high 31 points in Friday night’s loss at Chapmanville. The Tigers’ Drew Williamson and Hunter Neil defend.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Chap-Man-BEST-John-Thomas-Keffer-CMYK.jpgMan High School’s John Thomas Keffer (10) scores two of his game-high 31 points in Friday night’s loss at Chapmanville. The Tigers’ Drew Williamson and Hunter Neil defend.

Man’s Cameron Simpson (32) shoots a jumper.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Cameron-Simpson-shoots-CMYK.jpgMan’s Cameron Simpson (32) shoots a jumper.

Chapmanville’s Jordan Whitt and Tyler Moore battle for a rebound with Man’s Josh Adkins (40).
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Chap-rebound-CMYK.jpgChapmanville’s Jordan Whitt and Tyler Moore battle for a rebound with Man’s Josh Adkins (40).

The Tigers’ Drew Williamson puts up a bucket in Friday night’s win.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Chap-Man-Drew-Williamson-CMYK.jpgThe Tigers’ Drew Williamson puts up a bucket in Friday night’s win.

Man’s Erik Files (14) fakes Chapmanville’s Kyle Browning as Dylan Smith (11) watches.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Erik-Files-shot-CMYK.jpgMan’s Erik Files (14) fakes Chapmanville’s Kyle Browning as Dylan Smith (11) watches.

The Billies’ Gabby Brown (22) scores two over the Tigers’ Tyler Neil (50) and Dylan Smith.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Gabby-Brown-for-two-CMYK.jpgThe Billies’ Gabby Brown (22) scores two over the Tigers’ Tyler Neil (50) and Dylan Smith.

Man’s Kenny Jo Adkins (12) flies into the lane for a layup past Chapmanville’s Tyler Moore and Jordan Whitt.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Sunday-Kenny-Jo-Adkins-drives-in-CMYK.jpgMan’s Kenny Jo Adkins (12) flies into the lane for a layup past Chapmanville’s Tyler Moore and Jordan Whitt.

By Jerry Fekete

Banner Correspondent

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