CHAPMANVILLE — Following the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team’s 57-55 win at home over Sissonville on Thursday night to reach the Class AA state tournament Tigers’ coach Brad Napier sat in his office with iphone in hand.
Napier was trying to figure out who his team would play in next week’s state tourney.
He checked Twitter and the WV MetroNews website.
Soon, the news would be sure to trickle in.
The first-year Tigers’ mentor thought Chapmanville might get the No. 7 seed. With any luck, the Tigers might sneak up to No. 6, who knows?
Then the brackets came across.
Chapmanville (17-8) ended up getting the No. 8 seed and a first-round matchup with No. 1-ranked and top seed Poca (23-2) which survived a slowdown game on Thursday night at home as the Dots outlasted Scott in a shockingly low-scoring 20-10 win over the Skyhawks in the other Class AA Region 4 co-final.
Chapmanville is scheduled to face Poca next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in one of the four Class AA state tourney games.
The Tigers lost to the defending state champion and Cardinal Conference rival Dots twice this season by 94-43 and 60-37 scores.
Chapmanville was able to avoid the Dots once this post-season by beating Scott 38-36 last week in the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 title game at Logan. A loss would have sent the Tigers on the road for a regional matchup at Poca.
Not this time, though.
Instead, Chapmanville will play the Dots for the third time this season at the Civic Center in the state tournament.
More on Poca later on.
The Tigers, though, are still basking in the glow of advancing to the state tournament for only the second time in school history.
The first time was just two years ago under former coach Allan Hatcher as the Tigers lost 63-34 to Bluefield after winning in similarly thrilling 44-41 regional final victory at home over Nicholas County on Josh Butcher’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Chapmanville dispatched Sissonville (15-10), another Cardinal Conference team which had split with the Tigers this season in two meetings, in dramatic fashion before a jam-packed Danny Godby Gymnasium in Chapmanville.
The Tigers led just 56-55 late in the Region 4 co-championship game and Chapmanville’s Dylan Smith was able to put CRHS ahead 57-55 with 13 ticks to go in the game after splitting from the free throw line.
Sissonville had one last chance as the Indians grabbed the rebound and missed an opportunity to send the game to overtime as Zach McCutcheon caught a pass underneath the hoop and his alley-oop attempt at the buzzer rolled off the rim no good.
The celebration was then on in Tiger Town.
Moments before, Chapmanville 6-foot-7 center Hunter Neil supplied the Tigers with the turning point bucket of the game as he was fouled and somehow was able to score on an off-balance 10-foot shot as he was falling down the floor. He sank the free throw, completing the three-point play, giving the Tigers a 53-50 lead with 1:29 left.
Drew Williamson then followed by making two free throws at the 1:13 mark as Chapmanville led 55-50.
Sissonville was able to get to within 56-55 with 15 ticks left after a McCutcheon putback.
Williamson led Chapmanville with 23 points. Smith had 15, Neil seven, Jordan Whitt six, Kyle Browning four and Tyler Moore two.
Chance Brown led Sissonville with 24 points. McCutcheon had 13 and Ethan Granata and Seth Bowling had six points each. Nathan Samples had four and Hunter Thomas two.
The Indians raced out to a 12-4 lead early on but Chapmanville went on a 15-3 run to grab a 19-15 lead after one.
The Tigers then opened up a 37-21 lead in the second period, going on an 18-6 run, sparked by a 25-foot 3-pointer by Williamson and another 3 by Smith.
Chapmanville led 37-24 at the half and held a 46-35 advantage after three.
The red-hot Tigers head to Charleston having won nine out of their last 10 games.
CRHS last played on the Civic Center floor on Feb. 9 in a 61-52 win over Charleston Catholic in Little General Shootout at the Big House.
— Look for complete coverage on the Chapmanville-Sissonville game, including Coach Napier and player comments, and a look ahead to the state tournament in Sunday’s Logan Banner print edition.
Class AA State Tournament Schedule
at the Charleston Civic Center
Wednesday, March 16
Game 1: 9:30 a.m. – No. 3 Fairmont Senior (20-5) vs. No. 6 Bluefield (15-7)
Game 2: 1 p.m. – No. 2 Bridgeport (22-2) vs. No. 7 Ravenswood (17-8)
Game 3: 5:30 p.m. – No. 1 Poca (23-2) vs. No. 8 Chapmanville (17-8)
Game 4: 9 p.m. – No. 4 Wyoming East (19-4) vs. No. 5 Robert C. Byrd (19-5)
Friday, March 18
Game 5: 9:30 a.m. – Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 6: 1 p.m. – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Saturday, March 19
12 p.m. – Class AA boys basketball state championship
2015-16 Chapmanville Regional High School
Boys’ Basketball Schedule (17-8, 8-6):
Dec. 15: at Herbert Hoover, W 63-60
Dec. 19: vs. Bridgeport (Big 10/Cardinal Conference Challenge at WVSU), L 49-64
Dec. 22: at Mingo Central, W 61-55
Dec. 28: Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), W 50-46
Dec. 29: Man (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), W 77-71
Jan. 2: Scott, L 72-75 (OT)
Jan. 8: Poca, L 43-94
Jan. 15: Man, W 67-64
Jan. 16: vs. Pikeville, Ky. (Hatfield-McCoy Shootout, Williamson), W 71-60
Jan. 19: Sissonville, W 65-55
Jan. 22: at Wayne, W 66-63
Jan. 28: at Tolsia, L 60-80
Jan. 30: vs. Huntington St. Joe (King Coal Classic at Logan), L 64-69
Feb. 2: at Poca, L 37-60
Feb. 5: at Scott, L 62-66
Feb. 9: vs. Charleston Catholic (Little General Shootout at the Big House, Charleston Civic Center), W 61-52
Feb. 13: Mingo Central, W 60-44
Feb. 16: at Sissonville, L 52-63
Feb. 19: Wayne, W 87-70
Feb. 20: Tolsia, W 71-57
Feb. 23: at Man, W 62-59
Feb. 26: Herbert Hoover, W 58-36
March 1: vs. Tolsia (2A sectionals at Logan), W 65-41
March 3: vs. Scott (2A sectionals at Logan), W 38-36
March 10: vs. Sissonville (2A regional final), W 57-55
March 16: vs. Poca (2A state tourney, Charleston Civic Center), 5:30 p.m.