EASTERN - Allen Central suffered its third loss in the young 2012-13 season on Tuesday night, falling to visiting Pikeville. A contender for the 15th Region title, Pikeville pulled away to beat Allen Central 79-58.
Senior center Ray Kosango, a transfer from Pike County rival East Ridge, led Pikeville with 24 points. Wes Rowe, a senior guard, followed with 23 points for the Panthers.
Joining Kasongo and Rowe in double figures, junior guard Jacob Hamilton added 14 points for the Panthers.
Pikeville steadily distanced itself from the Rebels. Allen Central, however, played hard throughout the 15th Region matchup.
Pikeville outscored Allen Central 17-10 in the opening quarter and carried a 36-25 lead into halftime.
The Panthers, under the guidance of veteran head coach Bart Williams, used a 25-16 run in the third quarter to add to their lead.
Blaine May chipped in five points and Steven Silvers and Ryder Johnson added four apiece for Pikeville in the victory.
Cody Charles and Rubben Kasongo rounded out the Pikeville scoring with three and two points, respectively.
Pikeville won its third straight game, moving to 3-0.
Sophomore guard Mason Nelson paced Allen Central with a team-best 17 points. Senior forward Josh Wiley scored 16 points and sophomore guard Dillon Lawson added 12 for the Rebels. Cameron Hamilton and Devan Horn chipped in four points apiece for Allen Central in the loss. Other offensive contributors for the Rebels included Jarred Hamilton (two points), Seth Hall (two points) and Blake Spears (one point).
Allen Central will host South Floyd tonight in a 58th District/Floyd County Conference boys’ basketball game at J.E. Campbell Arena. Tip-off for the Allen Central-South Floyd boys’ basketball game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Pikeville 79, Allen Central 58
Pikeville (3-0): May 5, Silvers 4, Hamilton 14, Johnson 4, Ru. Kasongo 2, Rowe 23, Ra. Kasongo 24, Charles 3.
Allen Central (0-3): Nelson 17, Lawson 12, C. Hamilton 4, Wiley 16, Horn 4, J. Hamilton 2, Spears 1, Hall 2.
Pikeville………17 19 25 18-79
Allen Central……10 15 16 17-58