Tigers win on the road at Tolsia
by Paul Adkins
The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team looks ready for the post-season.
The Tigers sent a message with Monday night’s 45-43 win at Class AA No. 9-ranked Tolsia, a sectional foe, at the Tolsia High School gym in Glenhayes.
Chapmanville improved to 12-9 overall and won its third consecutive game and fourth in its last five contests.
The Tigers, playing four games in five days, was scheduled to close out the regular season with Tuesday night’s home contest against county rival Man. Chapmanville earned a season series split with the Rebels, which had won 52-41 over the Tigers at CRHS.
Chapmanville rallied from a five-point deficit to beat Tolsia, which dropped to 13-8 overall and 10-3 in the Cardinal Conference. The Tigers, coached by first-year mentor Allan Hatcher, finished league play at 7-7. The Rebels close out against Herbert Hoover before heading into sectional play next week at Logan.
Mackenzie Martin led Chapmanville with 23 points. Martin, a three-year member of the Tiger program, played his freshman year at Tolsia.
Martin, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer on Saturday night’s 52-51 home win over Sissonville, scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:30 left.
Chapmanville has already locked up the No. 4 seed for the upcoming Class AA sectional tourney at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena and are scheduled to play No. 5 seed Wayne on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the play-in game.
The Tigers are 4-4 against sectional foes, while the Pioneers are 0-7. Wayne was scheduled to host Mingo Central on Tuesday night.
Chapmanville won twice over Wayne this season by wide margins as the Tigers won 52-29 at home and 64-40 on the road.
Mingo Central, with a 5-2 mark against sectional teams, would have locked up the No. 1 seed with a win over the Pioneers.
Scott and Tolsia, both with 5-3 section marks, will be the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.
A Chapmanville win over Wayne would set up a semifinal matchup with the Mingo Central Miners next week. Tolsia and Scott will face off in the other semifinal game.
The Tigers dropped two one-point games this season against the Miners, losing 51-50 in overtime early in the season at home in the Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament and also falling 52-51 on Feb. 12 at Newtown.
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