CHILLICOTHE — Plenty of free-throw practice is certainly in the offing for all three of Logan’s boys basketball teams.
The three squads combined to go 18-of-56 from the stripe during Friday night’s road tripleheader at Unioto, where the host Shermans won two games.
Logan nearly let a 14-point halftime lead get away before edging the Unioto freshmen 29-27 while the junior varsity Chiefs went down to a 50-37 defeat.
The ninth-grade Chiefs remained undefeated (2-0) on the young season but, after forging leads of 10-2, 17-3 and 23-10 at the quarter breaks, saw the Shermans close within 29-25 with 41 seconds left. Unioto then scored 14 seconds later to get within 29-27.
Unioto missed the front end of a potential game-tying one-and-one situation with 14.6 seconds left. Logan missed four-straight free throws not long thereafter but was able to hold on for the victory.
The freshman Chiefs were 3-of-15 from the stripe, including 1-of-10 in the fourth quarter.
Matt Richards scored seven points to lead Logan, with Simon Pierce, Hunter Hill and Brayden Sturgell all adding five, Keion Cousins three and Bobby Bauers and Max Black two apiece.
Nolan Fox scored all eight of his points in the final period and Todd Fairrow also had eight counters for Unioto.
A 9-0 Unioto run put the home team ahead 11-9 after one quarter of the JV game. Logan (0-2) came back to take the lead on a couple buckets by Traten Poling, but a late 12-0 spurt helped the Shermans go up 24-17 at halftime.
Logan trailed just 33-29 heading into the final quarter, where the Shermans scored the first four points and then tallied the game’s final eight markers to pull away.
Owen Angle and Zach Frasure both scored 10 points for the Chieftains, with Poling scoring six, Dylan Cook and Carson Hodson three apiece, Brandon Shoemaker and Isaiah Campbell two apiece, and Sturgell one. Logan was 5-of-18 from the line in this game.
Maddox Fox poured in 22 points and Jackson Robbins added 13 for the winning team.
The Logan freshmen and reserves make the trip along with the varsity to Teays Valley for a Tuesday tripleheader that gets underway at 4:45 p.m.