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 on 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.
CRHS coach Brad Napier was glad to get the win.
“We’re still inconsistent with how we play,” Napier said. “We’ll have good quarters and then bad quarters. I guess that has to do with our youth but we’re approaching becoming more experienced now as we are going later in the year. I hope we can start to put whole games together instead of just quarters and halves.”
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.
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.
In the third quarter, Moore’s 15-footer got the Tigers off to a good start as Chapmanville led 43-28.
Willamson’s drive and score made it 47-30 with 5:07 left.
Williamson later drained a 3 with 3:33 to go as Chapmanville maintained a 50-38 lead.
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.
The free throws then won it down the stretch for the Tigers.
“We have had about three or four guys in double figures just about every game with the exception of Bridgeport,” Napier said. “We’ve got six guys that are capable of scoring in double figures on any given night.”
Napier said his players enjoyed playing in the Shootout.
“This is a great tournament,” he said. “I brought Mingo Central every year over here when I was there. You get to play against teams that you normally don’t get to see. The kids enjoyed it and it was a fun event.”
Chapmanville is scheduled to host Sissonville on Tuesday night in a boys/girls doubleheader at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium. Sissonville lost 80-64 to Sheldon Clark (Ky.) on Saturday at the Shootout. Chance Brown tossed in 17 points to lead the Indians (6-4). Sissonville made 10 3-point goals.
“Sissonville is a lot like Man,” Napier said. “They shoot a lot of 3s and they all can make it. When they are hot they can beat anybody. They sort of live and die by the 3. They will give us some matchup problems and we have to use our strength inside. Hopefully we will be able to play well.”
* Before the Chapmanville-Pikeville game, No. 1-ranked Poca destroyed Tolsia, 83-23, in a matchup of Cardinal Conference schools. Elijah Cuffee scored 17 points and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. Luke Frampton tossed in 27 points and canned seven 3-pointers.
Triple-A George Washington toppled Class A Tug Valley 75-67 in overtime in another Hatfield-McCoy Shootout game on Saturday at Williamson.
Tug Valley (8-1), which suffered its first loss of the season, got 21 points and four 3s from Tyler May. Jeremy Dillon scored 16 and grabbed 11 rebounds before fouling out in OT. Justin Phillips led GW (9-2) with 24 points.
In other HM Shootout Games: Man beat Betsy Layne (Ky.), 88-53; Wesley Christian (Ky.) nipped South Charleston 65-64; Hurricane beat East Ridge (Ky.), 76-71; Sheldon Clark (Ky.) downed Sissonville 80-64; and Belfry (Ky.) got past Mingo Central 62-49.
Betsy Layne (Ky.) 53
WILLIAMSON — The Man High School boys’ basketball team raced out to an 88-53 win on Saturday afternoon over Betsy Layne (Ky.) in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
Senior John Thomas Keffer poured in 24 points for Man, which improved to 7-2 on the season. Kenny Jo Adkins had 18 and Jake Adkins 16. Gabby Brown had 11 points. Cameron Simpson had seven and Erik Files and Brandon Cook had six points each.
Man jumped out to a 22-19 lead after the first period of play and outscored the Bobcats 22-10 in the second stanza to take a 44-29 lead into the locker room.
“We played hard and had good balanced scoring. We had four players in double digits in scoring and played good defense,” Man coach Harvey Arms said.
The Billies continued to run the Bobcats out of the field house, outscoring them in the third frame 26-14 to take a commanding 70-43 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Arms was able to empty his bench and played his reserves in the final quarter of play.
Man made 39-of-75 shots from the floor for 52 percent, including 3-for-11 from 3-point land. Man was 7-for-13 from the free throw line for 53 percent.
Man won the battle of the boards 45-28 and forced the Bobcats into 20 turnovers.
Betsy Layne (6-8) was led by Kyle Watkins’ 21 points and 12 from Zach Hamilton.
The Man Hillbillies were set to play James Monroe at River View High School on Monday night. On Tuesday, Man plays at Tug Valley in a 7:30 p.m. ballgame between the two Class A sectional rivals.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).