After losses to Huntington and Magnolia on two consecutive days, the Logan High School basketball team needed a pre-Christmas boost on Saturday night.
Despite a very slow start, the Wildcats got it with a 51-37 victory over St. Albans on the final night of the George Washington Holiday Tournament at the George Washington High School gym in Charleston.
It was the third game in three days for Logan, which improved to 2-3 on the season.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and fell behind the Red Dragons 16-13 at the intermission.
It was a different story in the second half as Logan outscored St. Albans 38-21. The Wildcats outpointed the Red Dragons 18-10 in the third to take a 31-26 advantage. Logan then ran away with the game in the fourth with a 20-11 quarter.
St. Albans dropped to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
C.J. Williams and Brynden “Worm” Street helped fuel Logan’s second half run by scoring 13 and 12 points respectively to lead the Wildcats. Eleven of Williams’ points came in the second half. All of Street’s points came in the final two quarters. Street finished with a double-double as he also had 13 rebounds.
Logan also got 10 points from A.J. Reynolds, eight from Z. Minnick, five from Trent Dalton and three from Zak Miller on a big 3-point shot.
Nathan McNeil led St. Albans with nine points.
Down three at the half, Logan came alive in the third quarter.
A 3-pointer by Williams put the Cats up 24-22.
Street hit two free throws with about a minute to go to make it 28-24.
Then it was Miller’s 3-ball with seven ticks to go that put Logan ahead 31-26 after three.
In the fourth, Logan went on an 8-0 run to grab a 39-26 lead — its biggest margin of the night. Street canned two buckets during the run, while Williams hit two free throws.
St. Albans pulled to within 44-37 but the Cats countered by outscoring the Red Dragons 7-0 the rest of the way. A pair of late foul shots by Dalton put the win on ice.
The Wildcats finished 1-1 in the GW tourney, also falling 86-60 to Magnolia last Friday night.
Logan is scheduled to return to action on Friday night at home against George Washington.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Willie Akers Arena.
George Washington, coached by Rick Greene, come into the game with a 3-2 record.
The Patriots beat the same St. Albans Red Dragons 58-48 last Friday night in the GW tourney, then toppled Columbus Centennial (Ohio) 66-56 on Saturday night.
GW lost to South Charleston (60-40) on Dec. 19, beat Spring Valley (69-44) on Dec. 14 and opened with a loss to Capital (36-35) on Dec. 12.