Head coach Allan Hatcher and the Logan Wildcats are happy to finally be coming home.
The Logan High School boys’ basketball team has only played three home games so far in the 2015-16 season out of 12 total.
The Wildcats (5-7) have added one on Tuesday night as prep school Wesley Christian (Ky.) comes to Logan’s Willie Akers Arena for a makeup game.
The two teams were scheduled to meet last Thursday but the game was called off due to inclement weather.
Logan was originally slated to host Johnson Central (Ky.) last Thursday but JCHS cancelled, Wildcats’ Coach Hatcher said.
Wesley Christian, coached by Jack Jarrell and located in Allen, Ky., in Floyd County, will be a formidable foe for the Wildcats. Wesley has already played a whopping 33 games and sport a 25-8 record coming into tonight’s clash with Logan.
Wesley Christian last played on Jan. 19 and won 63-46 over Teays Valley Christian. On Jan. 18, Wesley won 80-43 over Galilean Christian Academy (Ky.).
The team also has recent wins over South Charleston (65-64) on Jan. 16 at the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout, 86-37 at home over Mingo Central, 90-50 at Ambassador Christian Academy of Williamson and 81-66 over a squad made up of Australian Nationals.
Like many prep schools, Wesley Christian is loaded with talent and size. The team’s tallest player is 7-foot-2 sophomore center Azubuike Nwankwo.
Yes, that’s right.
Wesley also has 6-10 Christian Long, 6-7 Mohamed Elsheikha and four other players 6-6 or taller. Malik McDonald, a guard, is another top Wesley player.
Coach Hatcher said his Wildcats are looking for the challenge against Wesley Christian tonight.
“We’re excited to have some home games. We haven’t had that many,” Hatcher said on Tuesday morning. “Nine out of our first 12 games have been on the road. We picked up Wesley Christian from Kentucky tonight. They’re a prep school and they have played 30 games. They have a 7-foot-2 player and a 6-foot-10 player.”
The Wildcats will then be put to the test this weekend as well with the King Coal Classic basketball tournament at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Logan hosts Wyoming East (7-2) on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Mountain Mission, Va. (18-6) on Saturday at 8:30.
The Cats haven’t played a game in 10 days — a 60-47 loss at Brooke. The day before, LHS lost 49-47 in double overtime at Wheeling Park.
2015-16 Logan High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule (5-7):
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, L 53-71
Jan. 15: at Wheeling Park, L 47-49 (2 OT)
Jan. 16: at Brooke, L 47-60
Jan. 21: Wesley Christian (Ky.), ppd.
Jan. 23: Westside, ppd.
Jan. 26: Wesley Christian (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: Wyoming East (King Coal Classic at Logan), 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: Mountain Mission, Va. (King Coal Classic at Logan), 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: vs. Shady Spring (Little General Shootout at the Big House, Charleston Civic Center), 7 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 by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).