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Cogar’s free throw in final minutes lifts Logan over Chapmanville

PHOTO | Boothe Davis : Captured by the Moment Photography

Jaxon Cogar’s free throw with 0:59.9 remaining gave Class AAA No. 1 Logan a 59-56 victory over Class AA No. 7 Chapmanville Wednesday night at Willie Akers Arena. After Chapmanville clawed back from a 19-point third quarter deficit to tie the game, 56-56, on a Brody Dalton 3 with 1:22 remaining. Logan’s Garrett Williamson found a streaking Jackson Tackett, whose shot rolled off the rim and into the hands of Cogar on the right block. Cogar grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled by Chapmanville’s Craddock as he attempted to go up for the shot. Cogar sank the first free throw but missed the second free throw as Chapmanville had a chance for its first lead of the contest, but Dalton would miss a 3 with 0:44.6 remaining, and the rebound attempt was deflected by a Chapmanville player giving the ball back to Logan. Logan would get in the ball in the frontcourt and call timeout with 0:31 remaining. On the inbound play, Williamson was fouled in the backcourt with 0:30.2 remaining. Williamson sank one of two free throws to give Logan a 58-56 lead. Following a Chapmanville timeout, the Tigers had a chance to tie or the lead with 3, however, Aiden Slack came away with a steal as he was able to step in front of Devin Workman’s pass, which was intended for Dalton. Slack was immediately fouled with 0:14.7 remaining and sank one of two free throws giving Logan a 59-56 lead. Chapmanville raced into the frontcourt as Workman received a Craddock screen near the top of the key, however, his game tying 3-point attempt was off the mark as the clock hit zeroes. The finish was just another one of the memorable finishes in the Chapmanville-Logan rivalry and ran Logan’s winning streak to three games in the series dating back to last season. It was also the first time since the 2010-11 season that Logan has swept the season series with Chapmanville. For Chapmanville, it was nearly another double-digit comeback as the Tigers rallied from a 10-point third quarter deficit to defeat Scott the night before. “We were just a little bit short, and we didn’t execute that last set very well when we were down two,” Chapmanville coach Brad Napier said. “I am happy that we didn’t quit, and I am proud of the guys for the way they battled, and they kept believing but I am not happy with the way we started the game in the first half.” Logan led 34-17 at halftime and extended that margin to 19 on two occasions in the second half before Chapmanville mounted a charge. “I thought we played pretty well in the first and in the second half I thought we got real comfortable,” Logan coach Zach Green said. “We told the guys at halftime that this is your county rival, and that they were not going to lay over that we were going to have to come out and play well in the second half.” “We didn’t play well in the second half, and we were lucky to get out with a win tonight,” Green said. A Slack layup with 6:13 to play in the third quarter, gave Logan a 38-19 lead, but the Tigers answered with a 13-5 run to cut the deficit to 43-32 on Workman’s jumper with 2:01 to play in the third. The Wildcats would score the final five points of the quarter and led 48-32 after three quarters of play, but once again the Tigers would not back down as they roared back with a 19-6 run to cut the deficit to three, 54-51, on Dalton’s 3 with 2:15 to play. Dalton, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored 19 points and knocked down four 3’s in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Zion Blevins led Chapmanville with a game-high 20 points. “They were doing a good job in the first half of taking Brody away and running a lot of guys at him and stuff like that,” Napier said. Tackett led Logan with 19 points. The senior scored 13 of his 19 in the second half and came away with crucial baskets when the Wildcats needed them the most. “Down the stretch Jackson was really good,” Green said. “He made some big baskets, got some big fouls when we needed them, and he did that the last time we played them too and it’s something that he is becoming accustomed to.” Scotty Browning had 13 points, all of which came in the first half, Cogar added 10 points and Williamson had nine points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and four steals for Logan. “That has kind of been the story of this team all year is the balance and the fact that the ball gets spread around,” Green said. “We got five or six guys that can put it in the basket, and I think that is probably offensively what makes us so good is that we got five different guys that can put it in the hole.” Chapmanville shot 22-of-54 from the field for 40.7 percent and was 8-of-22 from 3-point range for 36.4 percent. The Tigers outrebounded Logan 30-18, with many of those 30 rebounds coming in the second half, the Tigers had a few possessions in the second half, which resulted in multiple opportunities to put the ball in the basket but came up on the short end. “In the second half, I thought they really hurt us rebounding the basketball and I think the first possession of the second half they had four or five offensive rebounds,” Green said. “We went to our zone, and they attacked that zone, which put pressure on our bottom two guys to rebound, and we really didn’t do an excellent job of it and that is what allowed them to get back in the game.” Logan shot 23-of-45 from the field for 51.1 percent and was 4-of-9 from 3 for 44.4 percent. The Wildcats were 14-of-25 from the floor in the first half for 56 percent with many of their 14 made baskets coming in the paint and coming off turnovers and offensive rebounds. “We weren’t ready to play to start the game, the first half we were slow, lackadaisical and we gave up a bunch of layups and open shots,” Napier said. “We were a step slow on everything in the first half, we rarely give up the paint, we rarely give up layups and they shot a ton of layups in the first half.” “That is not the way we play defense normally and Logan just took advantage of it,” Napier said. “We were just a step slow, and I don’t know if it was a hangout from last night’s game or if we were still mentally into last night’s game or what, but you wouldn’t think so playing the number one team in the state.” Chapmanville falls to 11-9 overall and will travel to Wyoming East Friday night. “They got a good team, they have battled a lot of injuries and COVID issues all season,” Napier said. “Most of the games they have lost have been where they have had guys out. I don’t know if they are at full strength or not, but when they are at full strength, they are pretty good.” The Wildcats won their fifth straight and improve to 17-1 overall. Logan will return home Friday night to host Sissonville before traveling to Class AA No. 2 Shady Spring Saturday afternoon. “We will come in and watch some film, and there are some things that we definitely need to work on,” Green said. “We are going to have come in ready to play, we got a target on our back and every team that we play wants to beat Logan.”

Logan 59, Chapmanville 56

Chapmanville (11-9) Zion Blevins 9-17 1-2 20, Brody Dalton 7-13 1-1 19, Devin Workman 3-12 0-0 7, Isaiah Smith 2-7 0-0 6, Colton Craddock 1-3 2-2 4, Isaac Butcher 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Leslie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-54 4-5 56.

Logan (17-1) Jackson Tackett 8-9 3-4 19, Scotty Browning 5-10 0-0 13, Jaxon Cogar 4-9 2-3 10, Garrett Williamson 3-10 2-4 9, Aiden Slack 1-5 1-2 3, Chance Maynard 1-1 1-1 3, Julius Clancy 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 23-45 9-14 59.

Chapmanville 11 6 15 24- 56 Logan 12 20 14 11- 59 3-point field goals- Chapmanville 8-22 (Blevins 1-2, Dalton 4-6, Workman 1-6, Smith 2-7, Leslie 0-1), Logan 4-9 (Browning 3-4, Williamson 1-4, Slack 0-1). Rebounds- Chapmanville 30 (Dalton 10), Logan 18 (Tackett 6, Williamson 6). Assists- Chapmanville 9 (Craddock 4), Logan 8 (Williamson 4). Total Fouls- Chapmanville 14, Logan 9. Fouled Out-None. Technicals-None.



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