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POCA - Sophomore Matt hit 6 of 7 shots from the floor for 16 points and led Poca past Mingo Central 68-47 in a Cardinal Conference matchup Friday night.


Chandler also led the Poca Dots in rebounding with eight.


“He’s the silent assassin,” Poca Coach Allan Osborne said of Chandler. “He does a good job. He’s around the ball, he shoots the ball well, he really came on at the end of last year for us and he’s done a great job all year. These other guys in here give him a lot of grief. I told him he ought to whip some of their butts.”


It was the second win over the Miners in a week for Poca. They beat Mingo Central on their home court last Friday.


Poca made 10 of 13 shots in the first quarter en route to a 24-7 advantage and jumped out to a 12-0 lead from the get-go.


The Miners (4-3 overall, 3-3 Cardinal Conference) found the net just 4 of 21 times in the first half and scored just 13 points in the first half.


“When they shoot like that they’re very hard to stop,” Mingo Central coach Brad Napier said of the Dots. “They run their stuff so good that when they’re knocking down shots like that they can beat


Poca’s swarming defense led by sophomore guard Noah Frampton and junior guard Cam Cottrill consistently broke the Miners’ pressure.


Cottrill scored a team-high 20 points and Frampton added 12.


The Dots (7-1, 3-1) allowed just 31 percent shooting by the Miners. They haven’t given up more than 53 points in a game all season. Poca is 7-0 when holding a team to 51 or less and opponents are averaging just 44.5 points per contest.


Marqus Cunningham, a 6-foot-6 senior center, scored 13 points to lead Mingo Central while senior point guard Austin Banks added 12.


The Miners travel to River View on Tuesday.


Score by quarters:


MC … 7 6 16 18 - 47


PHS … 24 7 15 22 - 68


Scoring:


Mingo Central (4-3) - Banks 5-16 0-2 11, Hatfield 0-1 2-2 2, Lester 1-5 0-0 3, Hatcher 1-7 2-2 5, West 1-2 2-2 4, Lee 2-6 1-2 5, Cline 0-0 1-2 1, Simpkins 0-0 1-2, 1, Hammond 1-3 0-0 2, Cunningham 4-8 5-5 13. Totals 15-48 14-19 47.


Poca (7-1) - Frampton 3-8 6-8 12, Cottrill 7-14 5-5 20, Arthur 0-0 1-2 1, Payne 3-5 0-1 6, Meeks 0-1 1-2 1, Chandler 6-7 2-3 16, Morrison 1-1 0-0 2, Bailey 2-4 3-4 8, Sigman 1-1 0-0 2, Hamrick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-43 18-25 68.


3-point goals - MC 3-17 (Banks 1-5, Hatfield 0-1, Lester 1-4, Hatcher 1-6, Hammond 0-1). Poca 4-8 (Frampton 0-1, Cottrill 1-2, Chandler 2-3, Bailey 1-2).

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