EASTERN – Visiting Pike County Central pulled away to beat Allen Central 56-41 in a 15th Region boys’ basketball matchup at J.E. Campbell Arena on Tuesday night.
With the win, Pike County Central improved to 2-1.
Allen Central dropped to 1-2 with the loss.
Senior guard Seth Hall, a player who had been sidelined throughout the offseason, made his debut for Allen Central in the non-district contest.
Pike County Central shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the field. The Hawks finished 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from 3-point range.
Pike County Central shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line.
Tyler Burnett paced Pike County Central with 14 points. Joining Burnett in double figures, Teddy Smith scored 11 points for the Hawks.
Ryan Eads and Trendy May narrowly missed reaching double figures, scoring nine points apiece as Pike County Central prevailed on the road in the early-season game.
Pike County Central packed an 18-16 lead into halftime.
Stretching its lead early in the second half, Pike County Central outscored homestanding Allen Central 15-10 in the third quarter.
Hunter Clark (seven points), Blake Wallace (five points) and Seth Conn (one point) provided additional scoring for the Hawks in the win.
Eads grabbed eight rebounds and Clark chased down seven caroms for the Hawks.
Cameron Blevins paced Allen Central with a game-high 19 points. Blevins was the only Allen Central player to reach double figures in the scoring column.
Hall, Cameron Nelson (five points) and Brett Sammons added five points apiece for the Rebels.
Additional scorers for Allen Central in the non-district setback were Bailey Wright (three points), Sam Conley (ttw0 points) and Dylan Caudill (two points).
The Allen Central and Pike County Central boys’ basketball teams aren’t scheduled to meet again this season.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.