MAN — The Man High School boys’ basketball team nearly reached 100 points on Thursday night and ripped the Ambassador Christian Academy Eagles, 98-78, at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
Man, which improved to 9-3 on the season, led ACA 51-35 at halftime and rolled to victory.
The Hillbillies led by as many as 28 points but the Eagles were able to trim the deficit to 15. The Eagles, however, could not overtake Man which won its sixth game and its last eight contests.
Man was led by Jake Adkins and Erik Files who registered 26 and 21 points respectively. Kenny Jo Adkins had 19 points and Gabby Brown 11. John Thomas Keffer was the fifth Man player to reach double digits in scoring as he scored 10 points.
Cameron Simpson added seven and Josh Adkins four.
“Yes we played well. We had five players in double figures. We spread the ball around and ran the floor well,” Man coach Harvey Arms.
Jake Adkins started out with the hot hand hitting the first two field goals of the game to give MHS a 4-0 advantage. Adkins added eight more points in the first period of play as Man built a early 32-20 lead at the end of the first quarter over the Eagles from Mingo County.
Raahkem Gray hit a 3-pointer for the Eagles to start the second stanza to make it 32-23.
Files who scored 21 on the night — his best performance of his career at Man High School. He nailed a 3-ball mid-way in the second quarter to give the Billies a 43-27 lead at the 4:46 mark. Man went on a 6-0 run just before the half to take a 51-35 advantage into the locker room.
Man outscored the Eagles 19-15 in the second period of play.
The Billies went to take a commanding 20-point lead at 57-37 on 3-pointer by Brown at the 6:37 mark. They extended the lead to 25 points at 65-40 with 4:39 to go in the third quarter on baskets by Files and Jake Adkins, forcing the Eagles into a time out.
Gray hit a 3-ball to make it 65-43 with 4:15 on the clock. Man then went on a 13-2 run to take a 35-point lead and all but put the game away at 75-45 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.
Man took a commanding 82-54 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Man outscored ACA 31-19 in the third quarter.
Coach Arms was able to play a lot of his reserves in the fourth period as the Billies breezed to the easy 20-point victory.
ACA dropped to to 9-9 with the loss.
Jake Adkins also had seven rebounds in the game. Kenny Jo Adkins also dished out eight assists. Brown added eight boards while Keffer added a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.
The Billies were 37-of-65 shooting from the floor for 56 percent. Man was 7-for-15 from 3-point land and 17-for-23 at the free throw line for 73 percent.
ACA was led in scoring by Gray with 24 points. Corey Preece tallied 16 followed by 12 points each by Chris Muncy and Keshean Rhodes. Skylar Dingess had eight and Kavon Treleven six.
The Eagles were 29-for-64 shooting for 45 percent. ACA made 6-of-15 3s and 11-for-16 from the free throw line.
Man is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday at home against Greater Beckley Christian. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. The Billies then have a rematch with ACA on Jan. 28 on the road. Man hosts Tug Valley on Feb. 5.
WAYNE — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team held off the Wayne Pioneers on Thursday night on the road and won 66-63 in Cardinal Conference action.
Chapmanville won its fourth straight game and improved to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
The Tigers gained a measure of revenge on Wayne which upset Chapmanville in last year’s Class AA sectional tourney at Logan despite a losing record.
Chapmanville led Wayne 38-20 at halftime and seemed to be cruising.
Wayne, however, rallied and got to within a single bucket with under a minute to play.
The Pioneers had a chance to tie it and sent it to overtime but Colby Wickline’s 3-pointer at the buzzer clanged off the rim. Wickline led Wayne with 19 points.
Sophomore guard Drew Williamson led Chapmanville with 22 points. Hunter Neil tossed in 16 points.
CRHS is scheduled to get back into action with Tuesday night’s home game against Herbert Hoover.
GLENHAYES — The Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team evened its record to 6-6 on the season with Thursday night’s 66-44 Cardinal Conference win at Tolsia.
The Lady Tigers are 4-3 in the conference with the win.
Chapmanville outscored Tolsia 33-11 in the second and third quarters combined.
Abby Marcum pitched in 17 points and Kaylee Blair 12 to lead CRHS. Madison Webb had 10 points.
Deena Jarrells drained six 3s on her way to 24 points and also dished out four assists to lead the Rebels (7-6).
The Lady Tigers’ game on Friday night at Mingo Central was cancelled due to inclement weather. CRHS plays at Sherman on Monday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).