Tigers riding three-game winning streak
by Paul Adkins
and Jerry Fekete
MAN — Just last Friday, the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team blasted county rival Man by 50 points at Chapmanville’s annual Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament at the CRHS gym.
Just five days later, the Tigers and the Hillbillies met again for a rematch — this time at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
Wednesday night’s second meeting expected to be much like the first.
Although Man played Chapmanville much more competitively, the result was still the same as the Tigers rolled to a 77-51 win over the Billies.
Mackenzie Martin was the big man on campus once again as he poured in 31 points to lead Chapmanville past Man. In the previous meeting against the Billies last week, Martin netted 30 points..
Chapmanville won its third straight game and improved to 4-3 on the season.
The young Man team dropped to 1-5 with the loss.
First-year Tigers’ coach Allan Hatcher was pleased with the win.
“Man is always a tough place to play,” Hatcher said. “It was tough when I played for Logan and coached at Williamson. We started slow but give Man credit. We played a lot better in the second half. This team is very unselfish and they play hard. We got a tough game this Friday at Scott.”
For the Billies, it’s back to the drawing board.
“We played well and I’m proud of the effort. We played much better than we did down there,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “We played aggressive and played with more confidence. We didn’t back down. We are young we just got to keep playing hard and we’ll get better.”
After a 5-5 tie to start the game, the Tigers went on a 5-0 run to take the lead for good, 10-5 on a basket by Martin and a 3-pointer by Denver Adkins. CRHS ended up taking an 18-11 lead after the first quarter of play.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 10 points mid-way in the second stanza on a free throw by Trey Dalton to make it 25-15 at the 4:43 mark.
Kenny Plumley then scored six straight points, giving CRHS a 31-17 lead with 2:47 to play. The Tigers went on to take a commanding 37-21 lead at the intermission.
Adkins then hit a bucket and a 3-point shot to open the second half of play as the Tigers doubled up Man’s score at 42-21.
The Billies then countered with an 8-2 run, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 44-29 midway into the third period.
But the Tigers would build their lead to 61-35 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Chapmanville pushed its lead to 31 points at 70-39 midway into the fourth after a basket by Zac Casto.
Man, who had four freshmen on the hardwood at times, got two baskets by ninth-grader Kenny Joe Adkins to cut the deficit back to 25 points at 70-45 with 3:45 left in the game.
Coach Hatcher then put in his reserves in the final three minutes as the teams each scored 16 points in the final stanza.
Plumley finished with 18 points for the Tigers. Adkins, Casto and Jon Williamson each had eight points. Trey Dalton and Brady Cox had two points each.
Keffer led Man with a 14-point effort. Jake Adkins had 13, Kenny Joe Adkins eight, Gage Harvey six, Mitchell Morris four, Robert Caudill three and Clay Brumfield one.
Chapmanville was just 19-for-37 from the free throw line for 51 percent. The Billies were 12-of-18 at the charity stripe for 66.7 percent.
The Tigers return to action on Friday night at Scott in a Cardinal Conference contest. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. Man goes to Huntington St. Joe on Friday night.
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