CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team made a case for the number one seed for the upcoming Class AA sectional tournament with Saturday night’s 71-57 victory over the Tolsia Rebels.
Chapmanville earned a season series split with Tolsia. The Tigers had fallen at Tolsia 80-60 earlier in the season.
The Tigers improved to 12-8 overall and 7-6 in the Cardinal Conference with the win. Tolsia dropped to 12-9, 5-7.
Chapmanville, which is scheduled to close out the regular season on Tuesday night with a non-conference game at county rival Man in the third meeting between the two teams this season.
The Tigers have won five out of their last six games.
Chapmanville was led again by Jordan Whitt, who continued to catch fire. Whitt, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, led all scorers with 23 points.
Whitt had scored a season-high 16 points last Tuesday in a 63-52 loss at Sissonville and followed that up with 26 points, a career-high, in Friday night’s 87-70 victory at home over Wayne.
Drew Williamson netted 15 points for the Tigers, while Hunter Neil had 13, Kyle Browning and Dylan Smith had eight each and Tyler Moore four.
Tyler Stroud led the Rebels with 17 points. Colten Jude had 12, Jordan Johnson and Wayne Williamson tossed in eight points each. Johnson fouled out late in the game. Jared Switzer and Donovan Spaulding tallied three apiece. Trey Smith had two, while Logan Presley and Dylan Rose had one point each.
CRHS shot very well, sinking 22-of-40 of its shots from the floor for 56 percent. The Rebels were only 20-for-52 for 38 percent.
The Tigers were also red-hot at the free throw line, netting 23-of-27 for 85 percent. Tolsia was just 9-for-18 from the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Chapmanville, Tolsia and Scott (8-12) are battling for the number one seed for next week’s sectional tournament, which is scheduled to be played at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena. Wayne (6-15) is the likely No. 4 seed. Mingo Central (2-18) will most likely have the fifth seed.
The sectional pairings are slated to be picked this week by the coaches.
Scott has a season series sweep over Chapmanville. The Tigers are 5-3 vs. sectional foes this season.
The play-in game, probably between No. 5 Mingo Central and No. 4 Wayne, is scheduled to be played on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Logan.
The Mingo Central-Wayne winner is then set to face the No. 1 seeded team on March 1 at 6 p.m. at Logan. The 8 p.m. nightcap has the No. 2 and No. 3 seeded teams squaring off against each other.
School Conf All
Poca 12-0 18-2
Herbert Hoover 9-3 14-5
Sissonville 9-4 13-7
Chapmanville 7-6 12-8
Scott 6-8 9-12
Tolsia 5-7 12-9
Wayne 2-11 6-15
Mingo Central 2-12 2-18
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).