MAN — The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team made it a 3-0 season series sweep over the Man Hillbillies with Tuesday night’s 62-59 win over Man at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
Chapmanville improved to 13-8 on the season and won its sixth game in its last seven. The Tigers host Herbert Hoover on Friday night in the regular season finale. Man dropped to 14-8 and is scheduled to host Montcalm on Saturday night in the opening round of the Class A sectional tournament.
With Tuesday’s win the Tigers have won 14 straight over the Billies.
The Tigers were led by 6-foot-7 Hunter Neil, who tossed in a career-high 26 points.
“We just didn’t have a answer for their big man Neil. We couldn’t stop him, but we still had a chance there at the end to go to overtime but Jake Adkins’ 3-pointer went in and back out,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “We had a good regular season at 14-8 and all losses came to good teams. We got beat by Class AA Chapmanville three times, Mount View, Westside and Belfry, Kentucky. The only Class A team to beat us was Tug Valley and they could very well be the best team in Class A.”
Drew Williamson also broke into double digits in scoring for CRHS with 15 points and five assists. Kyle Browning netted nine points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Jordan Whitt had eight points and nine boards. Dylan Smith chipped in with four points.
The Billies were led by John Thomas Keffer’s 19 points. Erik Files tallied 11, Josh Adkins and Jake Adkins netted seven each and Kenny Jo Adkins had six points and eight rebounds. Cameron Simpson contributed five points and four assists. Marquel “Gabby” Brown finished with four points and six rebounds.
The Tigers led 14-11 after one quarter, 36-30 at the half and 52-41 after three. Man outscored CRHS 18-10 in the fourth to make it close.
Keffer completed an old fashioned three-point play to cut the Chapmanville lead to eight points at 52-44 to open the fourth quarter.
Neil added two more baskets inside the paint to give CRHS a 56-46 lead at the 6:11 mark.
Simpson then hit a 3 to make it 58-49 as the Tigers called time out.
Josh Adkins came off the Man bench and hit a big 3-ball and Keffer hit a floater in the lane to cut the Tigers’ lead to just four points at 58-54 with 4:04 left in the game as once again CRHS took a time out.
Neil then got a big stick back after a Williamson 3-point miss to give the Tigers a 60-54 advantage with 3:42 left in the game.
Keffer then hit one of two free throws and Kenny Jo Adkins hit a jumper from the base line to cut the deficit to just three points at 60-57 with 2:10 remaining.
The Tigers were then called for a five-second turnover and a techinal foul was called on a Chapmanville player.
Keffer then hit both techinal foul shots to make it a one-point game at 60-59 with 1:12 left in the game.
Whitt then got a big back door basket to push the Tigers’ lead back to three points at 62-59 with 42 seconds left.
Keffer then missed a shot, Man then fouled Williamson but he missed the free throw with 21 seconds left. Man grabbed the board but a potential game-tying 3-point attempt by Jake Adkins rimmed out.
Man then fouled Moore with 10 seconds left. He missed the one-and-one and Man had one more attempt to send the game to overtime but a 3 by Jake Adkins at the buzzer also rimmed out.
The Tigers had jumped out to an early 10-5 lead with all 10 points coming inside the paint by Neil.
Brown got an offensive stick back to make it 11-7 with 1:39 on the clock.
Williamson then drained a 3-pointer to make it 14-7 with 1:23 to go.
The Billies got the final four points of the first stanza on baskets by Brown and Keffer to cut the CRHS lead to 14-11.
Jake Adkins hit a jumper to open the second quarter of play to make it 14-13.
The Billies got their first lead at the 6:45 mark on baskets by Jake Adkins to give MHS a slim 18-17 lead.
Browning later hit a 3-ball to give CRHS a 23-20 advantage with 4:33 on the clock.
The Billies then went on a 4-0 run to take the lead back at 24-23 on baskets by Kenny Jo Adkins and Jake Adkins, forcing the Tigers to take a time out.
The Tigers went on a 7-0 run in the final 90 seconds of play to take a 36-30 lead into the locker room as Williamson hit a 3-pointer and Browning and Smith each hit two free throws.
Chapmanville pushed its lead to 11 points at 41-30 to open the second half.
Williamson hit another 3 and also a runner in the lane with 6:15 to go.
Keffer later hit a jumper in the lane to cut the Tigers’ lead to 10 points at 46-36 with 3:53 left.
Files hit a 3-ball for the Billies to make it 45-39 with 2:25 to go.
Smith then hit a floater in the lane and Browning hit a jumper as the Tigers took a 52-41 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Chapmanville connected on 25-for-55 shots from the floor for 45 percent. CRHS was 5-for-18 from 3-point land for 31 percent and were 7-for-11 from the free throw line for 63 percent.
Man was 24-for-62 shooting for 38 percent and 6-for-17 from behind the 3-point arc for 35 percent. The Billies were 5-for-8 from the foul line for 62 percent.
Class A sectional
The Region 4, Section 2, Class A sectional tournament seeds were released on Wednesday.
The No. 3-ranked Tug Valley Panthers once again received the top seed in their section.
The first round games will be on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the home gyms of the teams with the highest seeds. The local Class A coaches have voted to have the sectional games played at the home gymnasiums rather than at a neutral site like the Williamson or Logan Fieldhouses.
In those first round games No. 3 Man will take on No. 6 Montcalm on Saturday at the Man Fieldhouse in a 7 p.m. contest.
Also on Saturday, No. 4 seed Greater Beckley Christian is slated to play Sherman at home in a 7 p.m. tip.
The semifinal games will be played on Tuesday.
No. 1 seed Tug Valley will host the winner of GBC-Sherman game, on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in Naugatuck.
No. 2 seed Van, a top 10 team this year in Class A, is scheduled to host the winner of Man-Montcalm game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The two winners of the semifinal games will play for the sectional championship on Friday, March 4, on the home court of the team with the best record. That game will also tip off at 7 p.m.
— Kyle Lovern of the Williamson Daily News contributed to this report.