CHAPMANVILLE -- Two class AA basketball powerhouses met on the hardwood Jan. 11 and the Tug Valley Panthers continued their dominion over the Chapmanville Tigers with a 65-55 win.
The Valley has won eight out of the last nine games with Chapmanville only able to pull off four wins since 2000.
The Panthers have had slow starts for most part so far this season and this game was no different. The Tigers jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Tug battled back to within five after one quarter of play.
TV went on to outscore C'ville 15-6 in the second to take a 27-23 lead at the break.
Tug was led by Austin Brewer's 8 points and Mason Pack's 6.
Mckensie Martin led the Tigers with 8 points and Mike Hurst added 5.
The stats were pretty even at the half. Both squads had 16 rebounds. Tug had 7 turnovers while Chapmanville gave up the rock 8 times.
The Panthers speed and size began to take its toll in the third quarter. Tug outscored the Tigers 17-8 to take a 44-31 lead into the final Q.
But C'ville would not make it easy for the Valley.
Tiger senior guard Dylan Wiley scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth but the Panthers had smelled blood and it was too late for Chapmanville.
Wiley did give Tug a scare when he cut the lead to 7 with 5:43 in the game. Junior Panther Mikey Newsome pushed the lead back to 10 when he stepped behind the arc and let the three sail.
Wiley once again cut the lead to seven with 1:06 left on the clock. This time Brewer calmly stepped to the nail with just over 38 seconds in the game and sank two freethrows to end a Tiger rally.
The Panthers were led in scoring by big man Mason Pack and Brewer as both scored 17 each. Newsome added 15 and was a monster at the charity stripe. Newsome was 100 percent from the line shooting 6-for-6 in the game.
TV had 30 boards and 13 turnovers. The Panthers were whistled 15 times for the foul.
Chapmanville stood toe-to-toe with the Panthers on the boards pulling down 30 for the game as well. The Tigers gave up the rock 16 times and were called for more fouls as they tried to stop the clock down the stretch.
Tug had 5 steals and 7 blocked shots led by Pack's 5 swats.
Chapmanville was led by Mackenzie Martin’s 24 points and Wiley's 18.
The No. 7 ranked class AA Panthers improved to 6-1 with the win. C'ville came into the game ranked fifth and fell to 6-2 with the loss.
The Panthers remain on the road on Jan. 14 to Ashland Blazer, Ky. before coming back to Naugatuck for their first home game of the year. That game is fittingly against Mingo Central. The Miners defeated Chapmanville 76-68 back on Dec. 21.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
TVHS: 12 15 17 21
CHS: 17 6 8 24
Tug Valley: J. Colegrove 1, M. Pack 17, R. Vance 2, A. Muncy 2, H. Sturgell 5, C. White 6, M. Newsome 15 and A. Brewer 17.
Chapmanville: M. Martin 24, M. Hurst 7, D. Wiley 18 and M. Aldridge 6.