The Chapmanville Tigers claimed the Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament Championship Saturday night with a 51-44 win over East Ridge, Ky.
The Tigers hit five first-half three-pointers to open a 27-20 lead at the half over their opponents from East Ridge.
The Chapmanville lead swelled to as much as 12 points in the third quarter thanks to forcing fourteen East Ridge turnovers, but the Warriors of Ky. climbed back into the contest on the strength of Eli Sykes team-high 15 points. East Ridge closed the gap to 46-44 with under two minutes to play.
The Tigers were able to ice the game away at the free-throw line as Brody Dalton and Zion Blevins combined to go five of six from the charity stripe in the closing moments to preserve the title for Chapmanville.
Blevins led all scorers with 18 points, while Dalton closed the game with 10 points for Chapmanville to hand East Ridge their first loss of the season and move the Tigers to 2-0.
In the consolation game, the Man Hillbillies raced out to a 12 point first-half lead on the Golden Knights, but Mt. View would chip away at the lead the rest of the evening. The Knights whittled the Man lead to 25-20 at intermission.
In the second half, Mt. View continued to apply the pressure on the Hillbillies on the defensive end and used Man turnovers to take the lead early in the fourth quarter and pushed their lead to 39-36 late in the game.
Man was able to tie the game on a Caleb Blevins three pointer, and with under a minute to play Trey Brown scored the go-ahead basket for the Hillbillies, as Mt. View's final attempt to tie the game in the final seconds by Kris Jackson missed off the side of the rim, and Man was able to run their record to 2-1 on the season.
The Hillbillies were led in scoring by Aden Martin with 11 points, while the Golden Knights were led by Malaki Bishop with 11 points. Mt. View is now 1-2 on the season.
WVOW will have more high school basketball action coming your way this week, with Logan hosting Scott on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., Chapmanville hosting Sissonville on Thursday at 7 p.m., and coverage of Logan vs. North Marion and Logan vs. Shady Spring on Friday and Saturday for the King Coal Classic.