2018-19 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
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WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2020 -- Chapmanville came to Wheeling riding an impressive 51-game winning streak against teams from the state of West Virginia.
So, a date with big-school power Wheeling Park on the horizon, the Tigers knew they'd have to play well.
Outside of a sluggish start, they did just that as they locked down the Patriots, defensively, in the second half and pulled out a 60-48 victory.
Chapmanville's defense was clearly evident in how hard they made Wheeling Park work for the points they did score. For instance, the Patriots were held to just 18 points in the second half, which was just one more than they scored in the first quarter.
Adding to the defensive narrative, Park meshed just 20-of-54 shots and finished at 37 percent for the game.
A big reason for the offensive struggles was the presence of Marshall signee Obinna Anochili-Killen on the interior. En route to earning game MVP, he had a huge impact on the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked six shots. What doesn't show up on the stat sheet was how many shots he altered or affected.
On top of Anochili-Killen's scoring, Chapmanville got strong shooting from Philip Mullins, who netted 22 points and Isaiah Smith, who went for 10.
Wheeling Park was led by senior Alex Vargo's 21. Xavier Morris' 13 and Travis Zimmerman's 10 rounded out the double-figure production for the Patriots.