Despite Friday night’s 71-52 loss to No. 2-ranked Huntington in the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 championship game the Wildcats are not yet out of it.
Logan (10-13) still has a shot at making the upcoming Class AAA state tournament but will have to do it on the road this Tuesday as the Wildcats are scheduled to play at Hurricane (10-14) in the Region 4 co-final.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Hurricane beat Winfield 47-35 in Friday night’s Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 championship game. Winfield (9-15) is slated to travel to Huntington (22-2) in Tuesday’s other regional co-championship game.
Logan last played Hurricane in the regional title game three seasons ago as the Wildcats lost to the Skins in overtime on the same Hurricane hardwood.
Huntington outscored Logan 19-10 after one quarter and never looked back in the game which was held at Cabell Midland High School in Ona. The Highlanders then outpointed the Cats 19-8 in the second to take a 38-18 halftime lead. Huntington’s 15-13 third then gave the Highlanders a 53-31 advantage. Logan edged HHS 21-18 in the fourth to set the final score.
Tavian Dunn-Martin and J.R. Howard each tallied 17 points to lead Huntington. Jalen Pennington contributed 14 points.
Braxton Goff paced the Cats with 14 points. Kyle Porter had eight points. Augustine Chukwu-Noe and Ben Kazee had six each, while Khalil Murphy had five, T.J. Mullins four, Jamal Minter and Terrance Chapman had three each, Samuel Justice had two and Dino Noe one.
Huntington had the hot hand, sinking 11-for-19 shots from 3-point territory in the first half.
“That was our game plan. We wanted them to take the outside shots. It’s hard with their quickness and ability to handle the ball to eliminate their ability to drive and that’s what we wanted to protect. We just didn’t get out and contest those shots,” Elkins told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
Logan played its second straight game without first-year head coach Allan Hatcher, who reportedly is having health issues and is expected to undergo heart surgery this week.
Filling in for Coach Hatcher was assistant coach Stan Elkins.
Logan committed 22 turnovers in the game.
“We have to eliminate turnovers so we get an attempt at the goal each possession,” Elkins said. “Most of those were a bit unforced. We don’t take care of the ball the way we need to against good teams. When you give your opponent so many opportunities, they are going to take advantage of them.”
Goff also had seven rebounds for Logan.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).