March Madness is here.
Every basketball fan’s favorite time of the season is upon us.
For the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team, the Tigers hope to add to that excitement with another post-season run.
The No. 2 seed Tigers (14-8) are scheduled to begin play in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 tournament with Tuesday night’s semifinal matchup against No. 3 seed Tolsia (12-10).
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
It will be the second game of the night on the Logan hardwood.
Game 1 has top seed Scott (10-12) battling it out against No. 4 seed Wayne (7-16). The Pioneers, which upset Chapmanville 46-42 in last year’s sectional tourney, upended five seed Mingo Central 51-46 in Saturday night’s play-in game as the Miners closed out the season at 2-20.
Chapmanville, led by 6-foot-2 sophomore guard and 3-point specialist Drew Williamson, is on a roll coming into sectional play. The Tigers, coached by first-year mentor Brad Napier, have won six out of their last seven games.
During the hot streak, one of those wins was a 71-57 victory over the Tolsia Rebels on Feb. 20 at home.
Chapmanville and Tolsia split during the regular season as the Rebels routed the Tigers 80-60 on Jan. 28 at Glenhayes.
In the most recent win over Tolsia, Chapmanville was led by Jordan Whitt, a 6-3 senior forward, who tossed in 23 points. Williamson netted 15 points for the Tigers, while 6-7 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.
Williamson and Browning led CRHS with 20 and 17 points respectively in the first meeting with Tolsia.
Tuesday night’s semifinal winners are slated to meet on Friday at 7 p.m. in the sectional finals.
With a win over Tolsia, Chapmanville could meet rival Scott in the championship game. The Skyhawks won both meetings with the Tigers this season.
Both the sectional winner and runner-ups then advance to the upcoming regional tourney.
The sectional runner-up will most likely play No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Poca in the regional co-finals. The Dots are 20-2 and have won 15 games in a row.
Poca hosts Nicholas County (10-12) on Tuesday in Region 4 Section 1, while No. 2 seed Sissonville (14-8) is home against No. 3 seed Herbert Hoover (15-7).
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).