POCA — The Poca Dots came to play and never looked back Thursday as they ran all over a demoralized Scott Skyhawk boys basketball team, 64-22 in a Class AA, Region IV regional final at Poca. The win moves the Double A second-ranked Dots on to the state boys tournament next week at the Charleston Civic Center.
Chapmanville Regional High School won the region’s other state tourney berth with a hard-earned win over Nicholas County Thursday evening at Chapmanville. It will be the first state boys tournament appearance in the seven years CRHS has existed as a consolidation of the former Chapmanville and Harts high schools.
At Poca, Scott was still reeling from a disturbing 54-53 loss to CRHS, called after game game official Joe Oliverio signaled a three-point shot in the closing seconds of the game only to change it to a two-pointer for Scott. Newpapers and social media repeatedly displayed photos of Oliverio’s outstretched arm, indicating that Logan Webb was shooting a three-point goal. Other newspapers around the country featured photos of Webb’s feet, clearly behind the three-point line for the shot. But Oliverio eventually ruled the shot a deuce and allowed the clock to run out with Scott and CRHS thinking the game was tied. Only after the clock rolled to zero did officials make it clear that they had ruled the goal a two-pointer.
Nevertheless, Scott Coach Nick Cabell tried to rally his troops for the trip to Poca but it was to no avail.
Scott trailed, 5-0, with 6:39 left in the first quarter and held the game within reach only through that opening canto. It was 7-4 when Eric May put back a miss at near the five-minute mark. Poca led, 12-6 at the end of the first period with the final points coming on a bucket by Matt Chandler with 1:29 flashing.
A three-pointer by Kaden Meeks set the tone for the rest of the game as Poca led, 15-6. When Elijah Cuffee launched a trey with 1:54 remaining in the half, the Dots were up, 22-10.
A layup by Noah Frampton ended the first half scoring, leaving Poca on top, 24-10.
It quickly got worse in the second half.
When Cuffee made a bucket at the 6:44 mark of the third, Poca was ahead, 28-12. They extended the margin to 32-12 on a big dunk by Luke Frampton with 5:15 on the board that brought the Poca segment of the packed house to its feet.
The quarter mercifully ended with Chandler hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Dots on top, 49-18.
Poca rolled off nine points to start the final frame, giving them a 58-18 lead with 3:22 remaining in the game. Patrick Underwood finally stopped the run with a jump shot from the top of the key to cut the lead to 38. After Alex Hamrick bounced one in, Tanner Bell made a free throw and it was 60-21.
Two free throws by Chase Dotson and one by Bell finished the scoring and led to the 62-22 Poca victory.