The Scott Skyhawk boys basketball team started out the 2013-14 season with a win and a loss last week.
First, the team edged Mingo Central at Red Jacket to open the year on Wednesday. The final score was 87-83 as the Hawks gained a hard-earned victory. Then, Logan defeated Scott in the Nationwide Insurance Basketball Classic at Chapmanville Regional High School on Saturday, 52-47.
The latter game was mired by a brawl that broke out with about four-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game. Combatants from both teams scrapped on the floor for a rebound and several pushes and punches were thrown.
In the end, Logan Head Coach Mark Hatcher was apparently arrested by Chapmanville town police officers. Media reports said Hatcher was charged with assault and battery on a police officer during the altercation. Chapmanville police confirmed the charges to WCHS-TV8 of Charleston.
But before all that occurred, Scott was victorious at Mingo Central in a game postponed from Tuesday evening because of inclement weather. Scott, which played in the Class AA state tournament last season, came into the game ranked eighth in the state while the Miners were number nine. The closeness of the outcome validated the rankings.
Scott went out to a 21-17 lead at the end of the first quarter and led, 40-39, at the half. Senior Dylan DeHart led the Hawk offensive performance in the opening stanza. DeHart tallied 17 first half points.
Mingo’s Steve Hammond scored 12 first quarter points to keep the Miners in the game.
Scott went on a 7-2 run near the end of the third quarter and into the fourth to take a 67-60 advantage. At the end of third period, Scott was up, 62-60. Scott won the final period, 25-23.
Mingo Central battled back and tied the score at 69 with 4:15 remaining in the contest. Then, the Miners went on top after Scott scored a two-pointer and Lee made a trey for MIngo to make it 72-71.
But miscues by the Miners led to Skyhawk buckets down the stretch and Scott secured the victory.
Scott Head Coach Nick Cabell said he was proud of how his team played against the Miners. “I thought we showed a lot of poise and experience,” said Cabell, who lost just one member of last year’s state tournament team to graduation.
Mingo Central Coach Brad Napier agreed, “We played a very good team with veteran players.”
DeHart led Scott with 23 points in the victory. May added 21. Cody Brown scored 14; and Brandon LaFauci added ten for the Skyhawk double-scorers.
Lee topped Central with 23 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. May added 19 for the Miners.
Scott made nine three-pointers and made 22 of 36 at the free throw line for 61 percent.
Mingo Central made ten three-pointers and were 17 of 23 at the foul line for 74 percent.
Often, in hyperbole, fans point to a spot in a game that “was the turning point.” It is no exaggeration, though, to say the Logan-Scott game at Chapmanville Regional High Saturday night “turned” on the melee that broke out with 4:33 flashing on the game clock. It is an event that was the talk of Logan and Boone counties Sunday morning and on the Internet.
What is known for certain is that a fight broke out (or “misunderstanding” as Tournament Director George Barker called it) with 4:33 remaining in the Nationwide Insurance Basketball Classic game. A scuffle followed, which turned into a major battle quickly.
Although the donnybrook was over after coaches and police officers ran to the scene, all the attention was given to Logan Coach Mark Hatcher. Hatcher was first grabbed by policemen after he allegedly “pushed” a Chapmanville town police officer. The fracas was part of the overall battle and various versions of what happened were reported by fans seeing things differently.
Regardless, Hatcher was reportedly escorted from the building when the game ended and was not allowed to go with his team to the locker room. He was absent for his usual post-game interview with a Logan radio station as well.
Eventually, media sources said Hatcher had been charged with assault and battery on a police officer. He was apparently not detained at any penal institution, however.
When the dust from the player battle ended, Logan was holding a three-point lead and game officials ejected two players for flagrant fouls. One was Scott’s Anthony Sigmon and the other was Wildcat Benny Adkins.
Hatcher continued coaching his team, despite verbal confrontations with the police again at the Logan end of the Danny Godby Gymnasium. The officials gave the ball out to Logan under the possession rule.
One tick of the clock later brought a foul call against Scott. The opening volley in a one-and-one situation was missed and the score remained at 43-40.
Logan’s poor free throw shooting was apparent again when Trevor Abbott missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Seth Barker of Logan missed the opening volley of a one-and-one at the 3:32 spot.
Then, with 2:51 remaining, Zach Miller ignited the Logan faithful with a three-pointer and it was tied at 46.
A layup by Brynden Street followed and Logan led, 48-47. Scott had scored its last points. With 1:36 flashing, Timothy Toler proved the Wildcats could make a foul shot when he sunk the second of two to extend the lead to 49-47.
At the one-minute mark, Braxton Goff made the second of two free throws and it was 50-47. A free throw by Street and another by Miller finished the scoring to give the Wildcats their victory. Hatcher walked down the line, shaking hands and congratulating the Scott players. It was after that when the police officers reportedly led him across the street to the Chapmanville police station.
As for the game, Webb led with 11 points. Brown added seven; Dylan DeHart and Sigmon, six each; Nick Kuhn, five; Eric May, four; Lafauci and Ables, three apiece; and Dylan Brown, two for the Skyhawks.
Logan led, 12-6, after the opening quarter and took a 27-18 lead into halftime while their coach was still allowed to go to the locker room. It was 38-32, Logan, after three periods.
The Skyhawks were set to return to action yesterday (Tuesday, December 17) at Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference match-up. The Hawks host Lincoln County, a Triple A independent, on Friday and then play Fairmont Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center in the Big 10 vs. Cardinal Conference Challenge. That game begins at 6:45 p.m.