CHARLESTON, W.Va. – No. 2 Chapmanville Regional comfortably advanced back to the boys basketball state tournament Class AA semifinals on Wednesday, beating No. 7 Bridgeport 70-44.
The Tigers (25-1), last year’s runner-up, shot 47 percent from the floor and went 10 of 25 from 3.
That shooting effort included just a 5 of 17 mark (29 percent) in the first quarter.
“We were a little bit cold to start with, but luckily our defense was strong enough to keep us in it for a while until we got going,” said Chapmanville coach Brad Napier. “We hit a couple of shots back-to-back, a couple of 3s and we just went on a run. It kind of went good for us from there.”
Drew Williamson scored 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting to lead Chapmanville in the win, while Devin Collins added 12 points and Kyle Browning scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
6-foot-9 sophomore Obinna Anochili-Killen totaled seven points, three rebounds and five blocks for the Tigers.
“I think he was a little nervous to start the game,” Napier said. “He has progressed tremendously over the last year and the sky is the limit for him. He works as hard as anyone that I’ve been around.
“He just opens things up so much for us,” he continued. “What people don’t understand a lot of times too is that he sees double-teams and triple-teams almost every night. People double him really hard and it makes it hard sometimes for him to score. But he’s a willing passer, a team guy and an all-around really good player.”
Brayden Lesher led Bridgeport (17-8) with 14 points on the loss, going 5 of 11 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from 3.
“Obviously it’s tough when you lose down here, but it doesn’t take away from my kids’ season,” said Bridgeport coach Mike Robey. “I’m as proud of this bunch as any team that we’ve brought here. All year long they played for each other and all they did is play hard.”
Chapmanville moves on to face No. 6 Winfield in the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Winfield made its way to the semifinals earlier on Wednesday with a 68-65 win over No. 3 Westside.
The Tigers defeated Winfield in the regular season back on January 23 81-53.
“Winfield has been playing really, really good the last couple of weeks,” Napier said. “They’re a scary team to play this time of the year. They shot the ball very well this morning and they’re very capable of doing that.”