By Paul Adkins
A furious start helped the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team breeze past the Tolsia Rebels 65-41 on Tuesday night in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 semifinals at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
With the win, No. 2 seed Chapmanville improved to 15-8 on the season and moved the Tigers into Friday night’s sectional championship game against arch-rival and top seed Scott (11-12), which got past Wayne 78-60 in Tuesday night’s other semifinal game.
The wins also advance both Chapmanville and Scott into next week’s Class AA regional tournament against either Poca or Sissonville.
No. 1-ranked and defending Class AA state champion Poca (21-2) advanced as did Sissonville on Tuesday night and play each other in the Region 4 Section 1 final on Friday. The Dots crushed Nicholas County, 104-49, while the Indians beat Herbert Hoover, 56-45.
The Chapmanville-Scott loser will most likely have to travel to play at Poca in the regional co-final, while the winner would get a home game against Sissonville for the right to play in the upcoming Class AA state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.
Chapmanville made quick work of Tolsia, a team it had split with during the regular season. The Tigers jumped out to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
CRHS held a commanding 38-12 lead at halftime and led 62-26 after three.
Drew Williamson paced the Tigers with an 18-point effort. Dylan Smith had 12 points, while Hunter Neil added 12 points and six blocked shots for the Tigers. Kyle Browning also broke into double digits in scoring with 10 points.
Tyler Moore had eight and Jordan Whitt five for CRHS.
Tolsia, which saw its season come to a close at 12-11, was led by Colten Jude’s 17 points. Jordan Johnson had 15, Tyler Stroud had seven and Blake Rose two.
Chapmanville was 21-for-37 shooting for 57 percent. Tolsia was ice-cold from the floor as the Rebels were only 15-for-60 for 25 percent.
The Tigers were 20-for-30 from the free throw line for 66 percent. Tolsia was 8-for-17 for 47 percent.
Chapmanville jumped out to an 11-0 lead as Smith scored on a layup at the 3:33 mark of the opening quarter.
Tolsia got on the board with 2:37 to go as Jude split from the foul line to make it 11-1.
Moore then added a layup and a lay-in and Whitt scored on a layup as CRHS expanded the lead to 17-1.
Tolsia then scored its only bucket of the first quarter with Stroud’s 17-foot fade-away jumper with one tick to go as the Rebels trailed 17-3.
The Tigers then essentially put the game away with a 9-1 run to grab a 26-4 lead. Smith had two hoops during the run. The Tigers then went on top by 22 as Moore split from the free throw line and Neil got the rebound and putback for a three-point play.
Chapmanville Regional High School’s Dylan Smith drives and scores to put the Tigers up 21-4 in their Class AA sectional tournament victory over Tolsia on Tuesday night at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Chapmanville’s Dylan Smith dribbles in for a layup, putting CRHS on top 23-4. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Neil scored on another putback at the 2:51 mark as Chapmanville led 28-6.
The Tigers’ Hunter Neil scores on a putback to give Chapmanville a 28-6 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Neil then added an inside-the-lane bucket after a nice feed from Smith as the Tigers pushed the lead to 30-6 with 2:07 to go until halftime.
Hunter Neil scores after getting a pass from Dylan Smith as the Tigers took a 30-6 lead. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Williamson followed that up with a make from 3-point land as the Tigers made it 33-7 with 1:35 to go.
The Tigers’ Drew Williamson makes a 3-pointer as Chapmanville leads 33-7. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Then with 57.8 ticks left, Tolsia coach Mike Smith was whistled for a technical foul after smashing a bottle of water to the floor near the Rebel bench area. After a short delay to wipe up the water, Williamson stepped to the line and split the two technical foul free throws as Chapmanville made it 34-10.
Tolsia coach Mike Smith is whistled for a technical foul. Chapmanville’s Drew Williamson steps to the line and hits a technical foul free throw. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Only seconds later, Coach Smith was whisted for a second technical foul and was ejected from the game. Browning hit both technical foul tosses and Chapmanville led 36-12 with 25.3 ticks to go.
Tolsia coach Mike Smith is ejected after picking up his second technical foul in Tuesday night’s sectional game with Chapmanville at Logan. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Browning then netted two more free throws with 21.2 seconds left and the Tigers led 38-12 at the intermission.
It was all Chapmanville in the second half as the Tigers advanced to not only the sectional finals but also the regional tourney.
Chapmanville was upended by Wayne in last year’s sectional tourney.
Region 4 Section 2 Tournament
At Willie Akers Arena
Logan High School
Saturday: Wayne 51, Mingo Central 46
Tuesday: Scott 78, Wayne 60; Chapmanville 65, Tolsia 41
Friday: No. 1 Scott vs. No. 2 Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.