There was a scare for the Logan High School basketball team in Saturday night’s 65-49 loss at Wyoming East.
First-year head coach Allan Hatcher fainted near the bench area after reportedly feeling dizzy around the halfway point of the fourth quarter.
The game was delayed a few minutes after Hatcher received medical attention. He was reportedly deemed in good condition and went home after the game. Assistant coach Stan Elkins assumed head coaching duties after Hatcher left.
East led 17-9 after one quarter and never really looked back. The Warriors led by as many as 22 points and cruised to victory. The Warriors led 33-18 at the half and 50-38 after three. The Wildcats had cut the deficit to as little as eight points in the second half.
Logan dropped to 9-10 on the season with the loss. Wyoming East, a top 10 ranked Class AA team in the state, improved to 15-3.
The Warriors earned a season series split with Logan this season. The Wildcats had defeated Wyoming East 57-47 on Jan. 29 at Logan in the Cats’ King Coal Classic tourney.
East was led by 6-foot-6 senior forward David Carte, who poured in 21 points. Logan Blankenship had 19 points, while Johnathan Sims had 11, R.J. Foldon seven, Cody Lester four and Alec Lusk two and Dylan Brehm one.
Logan was paced by Braxton Goff’s 18 points. Augustine Chukwu-Noe had nine, Kyle Porter eight, Khalil Murphy six, Jamal Minter four, Emmanuel “Dino” Chiemeke-Noe had three and Ben Kazee two.
Logan is scheduled to return to action with Tuesday night’s home game against Parkersburg (11-9) during Senior Night for LHS at Willie Akers Arena. LHS senior players Murphy, Kazee and Chukwu-Noe will be honored.
Logan then hosts Class AAA No. 2-ranked Beckley Woodrow Wilson (18-2) on Friday night.
The Wildcats have not met either the Parkersburg Big Reds or the Beckley Flying Eagles this season.
The Cats swept Beckley last season.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).