PINEVILLE – Betsy Layne pulled away to beat former 13th Region powerhouse Middlesboro 68-51 in the second round of the Pine Mountain Classic in Pineville on Tuesday.
With the win, Betsy Layne evened its record to 5-5.
Middlesboro dropped to with the loss.
Excelling offensively, Betsy Layne shot 61.9 percent (26-of-42) from the field. The Bobcats were 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from 3-point range.
Betsy Layne, which fell to Lynn Camp in the first round of the Pineville holiday tournament, shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line.
Four Betsy Layne players reached double figures in the scoring column. Kyle Watkins led a balanced Betsy Layne scoring attack with 20 points. Watkins drained three 3-point field goals for the Bobcats.
Grant Osborn scored 17 points for Betsy Layne in the convincing victory.
Providing a double-double, Jakob Ariaz, one of the top new boys’ high school basketball players in Eastern Kentucky, scored 13 points and reeled in 11 rebounds.
In all, eight different Betsy Layne players scopred in the win. Quintin Adkins, Byron Hammond, Milton Mahan and Dustin Tackett chipped in two points apiece for the Bobcats.
Betsy Layne overcame 15 turnovers en route to the win.
Defensively, Betsy Layne recorded 12 steals and one block.
In other games played in the Pine Mountain Classic on Tuesday it was Pineville 55, Williamsburg 45; Harlan 76, Wolfe County 63, Breathitt County 81, Lynn Camp 48 and Harlan 46, Thomas Walker, Va. 31.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.