CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Poca junior Matt Chandler is a self-proclaimed jack of all trades on the basketball court. He proved his worth to Coach Allen Osborne's team with an all-around effort in a battle of state-ranked teams at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex on Tuesday night.
Chandler had 21 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Dots claimed their seventh consecutive victory, 69-59, over the Irish (8-3).
Poca (9-1) entered the game as the fourth-ranked team in the Associated Press Class AA Poll of the state's sportswriters.
They left Hillcrest Drive after making believers out of the 2013 Class A runners-up.
"Poca's a good basketball team, and if they continue to play at a high level, they're going to be a threat in March for that double-A State Tournament, that double-A championship," said Catholic coach Bill McClanahan, whose team was third in the Class A rankings.
Poca's balance stifled another opponent, although the result didn't come close to the 33.7-point differential they had on foes entering the game.
The Dots had 14 assists on 19 baskets after dishing out 23 on 26 buckets against Sissonville in a 79-47 win over the Indians last Friday.
"That's the thing I'm really proud of this team about," said Osborne, who is in his 36th season. "We're sharing the ball, they're hitting the open man and we have guys who can score. That's what I preach to them. We should never take a bad shot."
Chandler had the most assists among the Dots against Catholic in front of an official attendance of 830, but his four were joined by three each from senior Cam Cottrill and freshman Lukas Frampton.
Poca also had three double-figure scorers with Chandler's 21, freshman Elijah Cuffee's 15 and Frampton's 12.
"We get our cuts, we really look for the gaps, open guys off screens," Chandler said. "We try to be very patient on the offensive end, get good looks, get good shots off."
Before the Dots closed out the game by hitting 17-of-22 foul shots in the fourth quarter, it was Chandler scoring 19 in the first three quarters, with 12 of those in the first half when the Dots grabbed a 29-21 halftime lead.
"I'm one of those players, if you put me in that position, I can play it," Chandler said. "I can guard the big man or I can guard the point guard. I can play down low, I can shoot the ball. I'm an all-around player. I really worked on my offensive game this year. I really worked on my shot."
He hit three 3-pointers - all of them in his first five attempts from long range.