RED JACKET – The Poca Dots are one of the best Class 2A basketball teams in the state and they made that point Tuesday night against Mingo Central at the Miner’s gym on the mountain.
When all was said and done, Poca had a happy drive back up Corridor G, as they defeated Mingo Central 70-53.
Coached by longtime mentor Allen Osborne, Poca came in ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll.
The hot shooting Dots came in on fire and took a 17-10 first quarter lead. Poca jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead.
“Poca has a great team,” Mingo Central head coach Brad Napier said after the game. “They took advantage of our mistakes every chance they got. We started out flat.”
“We didn’t play with the intensity you need to have to compete with a team like Poca,” Napier added. “Still – we cut their lead to six late, even after Alex (Lee) fouled out. Our kids didn’t quit and kept trying their best in the fourth quarter.”
Poca continued their torrid shooting from the outside and also got a lot of easy transition baskets to lead 33-19 at the half.
Freshman Elijah Cuffee came off the bench to score 11 first quarter points. Junior Noah Frampton fired in 12 the first two quarters to help his team take a commanding lead.
Lee led Mingo Central with nine in the first half.
Mingo Central came out in the third quarter and played much better. Napier used a full-court press to try to slow down the Dots and to force them into some turnovers. They cut the lead to 48-36 after three quarters.
The Miners continued to cut into the Poca lead and with 4:28 left in the game cut it to single digits, 53-44, on a 3-pointer from the corner by Chase Hatfield.
However, soon after that play, Mingo’s Lee fouled out with 3:56 left in the contest. Lee is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.
But, his teammates continued to fight and cut the lead to six, 56-50, with 2:04 left in the game.
Mingo Central was forced to foul to try to buy some extra time. Poca went on a 9-0 run and increased the lead to 65-50. Hatfield hit another 3-pointer for the Miners to stop the bleeding, but time ran out and the Miners fell to 0-2 on the season.
Lee led Mingo Central with 21 points, while Hatfield finished with 15. Stevie Hammond had 9 points and dished out 7 assists. Lee pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the Miners in that category. Julius Hatcher and Dalton Hatfield each chipped in four points.
The Miners were 19-46 from the floor for 41 percent and 10-12 at the free throw line for 83 percent. Mingo made five 3-pointers in the game.
Poca had five players in double figures led by Cuffee with 19, 13 from Noah Frampton and Matt Chandler, 12 from Luke Frampton and Cam Cottrill scored 11.
The Dots were 21-29 at the foul line for 72 percent.
The Miners have gotten off to a rocky start this season and are now 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the Cardinal Conference. They will travel to the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday morning to take on Bridgeport in the Hoops Classic. That game is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. Bridgeport, who just won the Class 2A state title in football, is also a top five team in basketball.
Poca is 2-0 and will travel to R.C. Byrd on Saturday.
Score by quarters:
Poca (3-0) … 17 16 15 22 – 70
Mingo (0-2) .. 10 9 17 17 – 53
Poca (70) – Noah Frampton 13, Cam Cottrill 11, Jake Payne 2, Elijah Cuffeee 19, Luke Frampton 12 and Matt Chandler 13.
Mingo (53) – Alex Lee 21, Chase Hatfield 15, Julius Hatcher 4, Stevie Hammond 9, Mallie May 0, Dalton Hatfield 4, Adam Dillon 0 and Kenny Allen 0.
Belfry 68, Jenkins 46
GOODY, Ky. – The young Belfry Pirates picked up their first win as they downed Jenkins 68-46 on Tuesday night at the BHS gym.
It also marked the first win for new head coach Mark Thompson.
The Pirates led 37 to 25 at the half and outscored Jenkins 14-7 in the final period to pull away.
Garrett Fannin led Belfry with 20 points, while freshman Cole Bentley banked in 14. Kabeb Edwards chipped in 8 points for BHS.
Randy Potter led Jenkins with 20 points.
Score by quarters:
JHS (1-6)…11 14 14 7 – 46
BHS (1-1).. 13 24 17 14 – 68
Jenkins (46) – Randy Potter 20, Jordan Bentley 7, Jeff Newsome 10, Donald Quillen 2, Joseph Ratliff 2 and Coty Wright 5.
Belfry (68) – Garrett Fannin 20, Nathan Copley 7, Austin Woolum 2, Cole Bentley 14, Dawson Isom 5, Trey Price 8, Keilan Carr 4 and Kaleb Edwards 8.
Sheldon Clark 63, Pikeville 54
WARFIELD, Ky. – The Sheldon Clark Cardinals improved to 5-0 on the season as they downed visiting Pikeville 63-54 on Tuesday night at the at Martin County Middle School gym.
Dylan James led the Cardinals with 23 points and he hauled in 13 rebounds, while Chase Parsley fired in 16 points. Parsley also dished out 13 assists.
SCHS was only 14 of 24 from the foul line for 58 percent.
Zach Huffman led the Panthers with 14 points. Blaine May added 11 points, while Drew Walters and Jacob Hamilton each scored 9 points.
Sheldon Clark will play host to Knott County Central on Friday night at the Williamson Fieldhouse. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Score by quarters:
PHS (0-6)…12 13 11 18 – 54
SC (5-0)… .19 16 9 17 – 63
Pikeville (54) – Gaige Ray 8, Blaine May 11, Drew Walters 9, Jacob Hamilton 9, Tanner Roop 3 and Zach Huffman 14.
Sheldon Clark (63) – Chase Parsley 16, Dylan James 23, Trevor Blackburn 4, Ethan Osborne 10, Eric Sartin 4 and Heath Maynard 6.