By Paul Adkins
WILLIAMSON — Make that two in a row.
The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team is hoping all of the pieces are starting to come together as the midway point of the season is near.
The signs are looking good as the Tigers beat Pikeville (Ky.), 71-60, on Saturday night in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Fieldhouse, winning their second straight game. Chapmanville had won 67-64 over county rival Man last Friday.
Chapmanville (6-3) trailed Pikeville only a few times early in the game, then raced out to a 41-26 halftime lead.
The Panthers (7-10) were able to trim the deficit to 53-43 after three and made a run in the fourth quarter, cutting it down to as little as five points with about two minutes to go. The Tigers, though, held on to get the win.
Dylan Smith led Chapmanville’s balanced scoring attack with 19 points. Drew Williamson tossed in 16 and Kyle Browning had 11. All three drained two 3-pointers on the night.
Jordan Whitt and Tyler Moore had eight each. Devin Collins had three, while Hunter Neil and James Ellis pitched in two points apiece.
Pikeville got a game-high 20 points from Wyatt Battaile. Baine May had 16 and Dalton Meade had nine. Cody Charles scored seven, Connor Roberts six and Clay Slone two.
The Tigers led just 57-51 with four minutes to go but were able to finish off the Panthers at the foul line as Chapmanville connected on 10-of-12 down the stretch.
Pikeville was able to get to within 62-57 with 1:54 left after May drained a 3-pointer.
CRHS then got it done from the charity stripe.
Smith split from the line with 1:37 left and Williamson netted two with 1:09 to go as Chapmanville led 65-57.
Browning then stole the ball away and fed Williamson for an easy layup as the lead swelled to 67-57 with 56 ticks left.
Browning then iced the game with two more free throws with 44.5 seconds left, making it a 69-57 game. Moore’s layin with 17 seconds to go was the final score for the Tigers.
Chapmanville had jumped on top early 8-1 after a Browning 3.
Pikeville, though, went on a 12-3 run to grab a 13-11 lead after one period.
In the second quarter, a pair of 3s by Smith put the Tigers ahead 19-15.
Then after a Whitt 15-foot baseline jumper, a Smith 18-footer and a Browning 3 the Tigers led 28-23.
With 1:25 left, Collins came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer as CRHS led 35-24.
Chapmanville Regional High School’s Devin Collins scores a 3-pointer in the Tigers’ 71-60 win over Pikeville (Ky.) on Saturday night in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Fieldhouse. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Whitt’s putback in the paint made it 39-24 with 34 seconds left. He then scored an another stickback as the Tigers held onto a 41-26 halftime lead.
Chapmanville’s Jordan Whitt scores on a putback to put the Tigers on top 39-24. (Video by Paul Adkins)
In the third quarter, Moore’s 15-footer got the Tigers off to a good start as Chapmanville led 43-28.
Chapmanville’s Tyler Moore hits a 15-footer as the Tigers lead 43-28. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Willamson’s drive and score made it 47-30 with 5:07 left.
Drew Williamson scores two in the paint. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Williamson later drained a 3 with 3:33 to go as Chapmanville maintained a 50-38 lead.
The Tigers’ Drew Williamson connects on a 3 as CRHS leads 50-38. (Video by Paul Adkins)
But at the end of three quarters of play, Pikeville was whistled for a technical foul for rough play and Browning was able to split from the foul line to give Chapmanville a 53-43 advantage after three periods of play.
In the fourth, an inside bucket by Ellis gave CRHS a 57-47 lead with five minutes to go.
A bucket by James Ellis gives the Tigers a 57-47 lead over the Pikeville Panthers. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The free throws then won it down the stretch for the Tigers.
Chapmanville is scheduled to host Sissonville on Tuesday night in a boys/girls doubleheader at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
The Tigers’ starting lineups are introduced. (Video by Paul Adkins)