EASTERN – The Prestonsburg Elementary School boys’ basketball team, under the direction of head coach Doug Hopkins, won this year’s K-5 Right Beaver Classic. The Blackcats doubled up John M. Stumbo 30-15 then beat Betsy Layne 31-21 to win the tournament title.
More on Prestonsburg’s tournament triumph follows.
Prestonsburg 30, John M. Stumbo 15: Ryan Rose scored 14 points and Connor Fugate netted 10 to help Prestonsburg double up John M. Stumbo 30-15 in its first game in the K-5 Right Beaver Classic.
“This was our first game, so a lot of nerves was going around for us,” Prestonsburg Coach Doug Hopkins commented. “Most of these boys have never played in a tournament, so it was a great experience for them to get us ready for the season. We played 12 boys, trying to develop all of them for the season and get them ready for next year at middle school.”
John M. Stumbo pushed Prestonsburg for the win.
“John M. Stumbo played an excellent game, you can’t take anything away from them,” Hopkins noted. “After we settled down, we started to play good basketball. We work on teaching man-to-man defense, so they stepped up their full court press.”
Connor Hopkins, Jon Little and Reece Hamilton rounded out the Prestonsburg scoring with two points apiece.
“I would like to thank our fans for showing great support to us during the opening game,” Hopkins added. “We are hoping to have a great season. We keep working on the basic fundamentals. I want our kids to leave here knowing how to do the little things that make them good players.”
Prestonsburg 31, Betsy Layne 21: Connor Fugate netted nine points, Ryan Rose and Caleb Lawson scored six apiece and Ethan Jarvis chipped in five as Prestonsburg used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Betsy Layne 31-21 and capture the K-5 Right Beaver Classic championship.
Starting strong, Betsy Layne edged Prestonsburg 8-6 in the first quarter. The Blackcats, however, outscored Betsy Layne in each of the last three quarters to claim the win.
Prestonsburg led 10-9 at halftime but extended its lead shortly after intermission. The Blackcats led 20-14 at the conclusion of the third quarter.
“Once again, like it usually is, this was a battle between these two teams,” said Hopkins. “I have to give a lot of credit to Coach Parsons, this was their fourth game of the day. They played us hard and it was a hard-fought win for us. Seems like when these two teams get together, it’s always a game of runs.”
Prestonsburg applied pressure throughout the game.
“Once again, I think our full court man-to-man wore them down some,” Prestonsburg Coach Doug Hopkins said. “We kept coming back with a lot of fresh players. We like to play as many boys as we can. We like to play fast pace and get up and down the floor. We went on a run in the third quarter to take the lead and built on it from there.”
Rounding out the Prestonsburg scoring, Jon Little and Connor Hopkins added three and two points, respectively.
The Prestonsburg boys’ basketball program won’t shy away from tough competition.
“We are playing a full schedule, with teams from all counties on it,” Hopkins added. “I feel that if you play teams that are better it will get you ready for the county tournament. Thanks to our Principal Brent Rose, Assistant Principal and AD Sean Ousley and Assistant Principal Carey Davis for helping us this season. Without these wonderful administrators, we would not be allowed to play these games and travel.”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.