PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg trailed at the end of each of the first two quarters but managed to battle back to edge Allen Central 63-61 in the 58th District Boys’ Basketball Tournament at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 14-16 and advanced to meet Betsy Layne in the 58th District championship game.
Following the loss, Allen Central exited the 2013-14 season 13-13.
Junior guard Jarredd Jarrell paced Prestonsburg with a game-high 22 points. Jarrell was 9-of-14 from the foul line.
Joining Jarrell in double figures, sophomore forward Dalton Frasure added 15 points for the Blackcats. Frasure hit a team-high six field goals.
Just missing double figures, Jarrin Hall scored nine points for the Blackcats. Hall drained three 3-pointers, two of which he hit in the fourth quarter.
Allen Central edged Prestonsburg 13-12 in the opening quarter and led 36-25 at halftime. The Rebels, however, found themselves limited in the third quarter. Prestonsburg outscored Allen Central 16-9 in the third quarter to move ahead 51-45.
Free throw shooting proved to be key late in the district tournament game.
Prestonsburg was 4-of-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Allen Central missed all three of its free throws in the final period.
Aaron Foley (five points), Grant Martin (four points), Jordan Ray (four points) and Scott Stapleton (two points) added scoring for the Blackcats in the thrilling win.
Prestonsburg was 12-of-24 from the foul line.
Cameron Hamilton led Allen Central with 18 points. Joining Hamilton in double figures, Devan Horn tossed in 13 points for the Rebels.
Aiding Allen Central offensively, Junior Handshoe and Austin Salisbury each scored eight points in the season-ending loss.
Mason Nelson had five points, Jarred Hamilton three and Braxton Tackett and Jordan Akers two apiece for the Rebels.
Allen Central was 9-of-19 from the foul line.
Boys’ Basketball Records
Betsy Layne (25-5)
Johnson Central (21-6)
Lawrence County (20-9)
Sheldon Clark (19-7)
Shelby Valley (18-10)
East Ridge (16-10)
Magoffin County (15-13)
Pike County Central (14-10)
Allen Central (13-13)
South Floyd (9-21)
Piarist School (3-19)
(Through Feb. 26.)