PIKEVILLE – Tournament host Pikeville managed to edge 15th Region foe South Floyd 71-70 during the final day of the Pikeville Invitational at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Pikeville improved to 6-6 with the win.
With the loss, South Floyd slipped to 6-6.
Pikeville shot 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the free throw line.
The Panthers finished 25-of-74 (33.8 percent) from the field. Pikeville went 9-of-31 (29 percent) from 3-point range.
Wyatt Battaile led a balanced Pikeville scoring effort with 18 points. Accompanying Battaile in double figures, Dalton Meade, a former Betsy Layne Bobcat, added 14 points for the Panthers.
Narrowly missing double figures, Blaine May netted nine points for Pikeville in the hard-fought win.
Pikeville outrebounded South Floyd 44-37.
South Floyd shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field. The Raiders fared much better beyond the arc, shooting 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from 3-point range.
South Floyd shot 60 percent (12-of-20) from the free throw line.
Four South Floyd players reached double figures in the scoring column. Pacing the Raiders, Poppa Trammell scored a game-high 24 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and recorded seven blocks.
Brady Conn posted 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Raiders.
Nearly notching a double-double, Andrew Tackett added 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for South Floyd in the loss.
Accompanying his three teammates in double figures in the South Floyd scoring column, Jacob Collins contributed 11 points for the Raiders.
Rounding out the South Floyd scoring, Blade Slone netted two points.
South Floyd is scheduled to visit Pikeville for another game on Jan. 19.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.