CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Tigers are hoping to party like it’s 2014 on Thursday night.
The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team can secure its second trip to the Class AA state tournament with a win over Sissonville at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium in the Region 4 co-championship game.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Chapmanville last made it to the state tourney two years ago under former coach Allan Hatcher.
Tigers’ mentor Brad Napier hopes to do the same this week. Napier led Mingo Central to the state tournament last year.
Chapmanville, winners of nine out of its last 10 games, enters the clash with a 16-8 record. Sissonville is 15-9.
The Tigers and Indians split during the regular season, so Thursday’s game represents the rubber match. Chapmanville lost 63-52 on Feb. 16 at Sissonville in the previous meeting. The Indians won 65-55 on Jan. 19 at Sissonville.
Coach Napier said Sissonville will be tough to beat.
“It’s going to be a battle and Sissonville is another well coached team. They can present a lot of problems for you because they can shoot the ball so well,” he said.
Chapmanville advanced with a dramatic 38-36 win over rival Scott in the Class AA sectional championship game last Friday at Logan.
Sissonville fell 66-39 to No. 1-ranked Poca in its sectional final. Poca (22-2) hosts Scott (11-13) in Thursday night’s other sectional title game.
The Indians were within two points to the Dots but a 16-0 Poca run helped turn it into a rout.
Poca won its sixth straight sectional title.
Sissonville has an offense geared around its longrange marksmanship. When the Indians get on a roll they are deadly from the 3-point arc.
Sissonville’s Chance Brown’s 3 pulled the Indians to within 31-29 but trailed 45-29 after three.
“Once again, just start going away from the game plan,” Sissonville coach Rich Skeen told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “One stinking call — it’s amazing how one thing can turn a game. Too many quick shots and challenged shots. I don’t know why. Maybe we get down and they’re young and you think you’ve got to get it back quickly and you don’t. We should’ve never given up that 16-0 run.”
Seth Bowlin scored a team-high 16 points for Sissonville. He scored all nine of the Indians’ first-quarter points as the game was tied 9-9. Brown had 14 points.
The Tigers won last week’s game as sophomore guard Kyle Browning netted two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to break a 36-all tie. Browning had 16 points in the game.
Bowlin hit four 3-pointers in the last meeting with the Tigers and led the way with 21 points. Brown tossed in 20. Chapmanville was led by Jordan Whitt who scored 19 points on the night. Drew Williamson had 17 and Tyler Moore 10.
In the first meeting between the two teams, the Tigers had to rally to get the win. Chapmanville outscored the Indians 26-8 in the closing minutes.
Sissonville led 36-28 at the half and maintained its eight-point edge, 47-39, after three as both teams netted 11 points during the stanza.
Chapmanville then overwhelmed the Indians in the fourth quarter. Sissonville led by as many as 10 points in the game.
The Tigers were led by Williamson, who helped fuel the comeback as he finished with 19 points. Browning, who was also key in the fourth-quarter rally, tossed in 15 points.
Smith also broke into double digits in scoring with 10 points.
Sissonville was paced by Bowlin and Brown, who each netted 16 points. Nathan Samples had 11.
CRHS used an 8-0 run to tie the game at 47 in the fourth quarter.
Sissonville’s Coach Skeen was then whistled for a techical foul and the Tigers capitalized by hitting both technical foul free throws to take a 49-47 lead.
Williamson hit a 3-pointer to increase the margin to 54-49 and Smith’s layup soon made it 56-49. Browning then scored on a putback and split from the foul line as CRHS led 59-54.
Browning, Whitt and Williamson then all split from the charity stripe to put the game away. Williamson added two more free throws to put the win on ice.
* Anyone wishing to use a C&I card from WVSSAC on Thursday for the game please call the school at 304-855-4522 and reserve a seat or seats, CRHS Athletics Director George Barker said.
“We are expecting a capacity crowd and if we know how many are coming through the cards it may allow us to sell more tickets,” Barker said.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).