Logan's Aiden Slack (13) knocks the ball away from a Chapmanville player during the Wildcats 48-39 win over the Tigers Friday night at the Willie Akers Arena. Slack scored two points and hauled down three rebounds in his season debut from a knee injury suffered during Logan's playoff loss at Winfield in November (Photo by Boothe Davis/Captured by the Moment Photography).
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LOGAN Class AAA No. 5 Logan picked up a big win over Class AA No. 3 Chapmanville Friday night to split the regular-season series with the Tigers.
The Wildcats used a 13-4 fourth quarter run to earn a 48-39 victory over the Tigers Friday night in the first annual Aracoma game at the Willie Akers Arena to avenge a 70-64 overtime loss on Jan. 11 at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Logan ditched it traditional blue, yellow and white for the green and white of Aracoma High School. Known as the Bulldogs, Aracoma was one of two black high school in Logan County, which opened in 1929 before being integrated with Logan in 1962.
With the win, Logan improved to 11-9 overall and 7-3 in the Cardinal Conference while Chapmanville suffered its second consecutive loss and fell to 14-3 and 7-1 in the Cardinal Conference.
With postseason seeding implications at stake, Logan was able to keep distance with Scott for the top seed in the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 tournament. The Wildcats and Skyhawks split a pair of games during the regular season.
The Skyhawks lost 54-53 at Ripley on Friday night to fall to 12-8 on the year and were scheduled to host Chapmanville on Tuesday. A loss to Chapmanville would drop Scott to 12-9 with one game left to play at home against Sissonville on Feb. 17 while Logan plays at Shady Spring on Friday before host Wayne in its regular season finale on Feb. 20.
Logan, who has won four of five games, got 16 points from Scotty Browning and 13 points and seven rebounds from Julius Clancy.
Baskets from McCormick Ilderton and Clancy gave Logan an early 4-0 lead before a pair of free throws from Zion Blevins and a 3-pointer from Sal Dean gave Chapmanville a 5-4 lead with 3:34 to play in the opening quarter.
That was the only lead change in the first quarter that ended with the Tigers clinging to an 8-6 lead. The Wildcats were able to tie the contest at 8, on Browning’s jumper to start the second quarter, but the Tigers scored the next five points and lead 13-8 on an 11-foot jumper from Blevins with 5:44 to play.
The Wildcats closed the quarter on an 7-3 run to close the gap to 16-15 following Browning’s 3-point play with 48 seconds to play. Neither team scored in the final seconds of the first half as Chapmanville took a one-point lead into halftime.
A bucket from Blevins with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter stretched Chapmanville’s lead to 28-23. The Tigers had a number of chances to extend the lead, however, the Wildcats were able to stay within five points for the majority of the quarter and eventually tied the game at 28 on Ilderton’s 3-point play with 1:07 to play.
Blevins’ basket with 42 seconds remaining gave the Tigers a 30-28 lead.
Clancy gave Logan it’s first lead, 35-33, since 4-0 early in the first quarter with a layup with 3:00 to play. Chapmanville got a long two-point basket from Devon Workman to tie it at 35 with 2:16 to play.
Logan, who had not hit a 3-pointer all evening, got a 3 from Derrick Browning with 1:56 left in the game. Browning’s 3 was the start of a 12-2 Logan run that saw the Wildcats take their largest lead of the game, 47-37, after a pair of Jarron Glick’s free throws with 18 seconds to play.
Blevins and Dean combined for 34 of Chapmanville’s 39 points. Blevins finished with 19 points and six rebounds on 7 of 12 shooting from the field and 5 of 5 from the foul line. Dean finished with 15 points on 5 of 14 shooting, but was 5 of 7 from 3-point territory. Dean also had seven rebounds and three steals.
Chapmanville shot 14 of 44 from the field and was 5 of 21 from long range. Blevins and Dean were a combined 12 of 26 from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. The rest of the Tigers combined for five points on 2 of 18 shooting from the field including a 0 for 14 shooting performance from 3.
Glick finished with six points and a team-high nine rebounds for Logan, who made 17 of 39 shots from field but was just 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
Chapmanville had an opportunity to clinch a share of the Cardinal Conference with a win. The Tigers sit atop the Cardinal Conference at 7-1 with Logan at 7-3 in second place.
The Tigers can clinch at least a share of the Cardinal Conference with a win at Scott on Monday.
Logan will be in action Friday night on the road at top-ranked Shady Spring before closing the season on Feb. 20 at home against Wayne.
Logan 48, Chapmanville 39
Blevins 7-12 5-5 19, Dean 5-14 0-0 15, Adkins, B. 1-2 0-0 2, Workman 1-3 0-0 2,
Smith, E. 0-1 1-4 1, Miller 0-5 0-0 0, Smith, I. 0-7 0-0 0. Totals: 14-44 6-9 39.
Browning, S. 6-15 4-7 16, Clancy 5-10 3-4 13, Glick 2-5 2-2 6, Ilderton 2-3 1-1 5,
Miller 1-1 1-2 3, Browning, D. 1-4 0-0 3, Slack 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 17-39 13-18 48.
Chapmanville 8 8 14 9- 39
Logan 6 9 13 20- 48
3-point field goals_Chapmanville 5-21 (Dean 5-7, Workman 0-1, Smith, E. 0-1, Miller 0-5, Smith, I. 0-7), Logan 1-8 (Clancy 0-1, Browning, S. 0-2, Glick 0-1, Browning, D. 1-3, Slack 0-1). Fouled out_Workman. Rebounds_Chapmanville 24 (Dean 7), Logan 24 (Glick 9). Assists_Chapmanville 10 (Smith, I. 4), Logan 3 (Clancy, Browning, S., Ilderton). Total fouls_Chapmanville 20, Logan 8. Technicals_Napier.