PIKEVILLE – Several Pikeville boys’ basketball players remained busy on the gridiron early in the 2015-16 season. But the Panthers are coming around. In a battle of former champions, Pikeville knocked off South Floyd 60-55 in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Friday night.
With the win, Pikeville improved to 7-8 and advanced in the 15th Region All “A” Classic.
South Floyd dropped to 6-8 and was eliminated from the regional small-school tournament.
Pikeville shot 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from the field. The Panthers finished 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Pikeville shot 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the free throw line.
Three Panthers reached double figures in the scoring column.
Blaine May paced Pikeville with 19 points.
Fresh off a successful football stint as state champion Pikeville’s starting quarterback, Wyatt Battaile scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 14 points.
Joining May and Battaile in double figures, former Betsy Layne Bobcat Dalton Meade added 11 points for the Panthers.
Narrowly missing double figures, Connor Roberts contributed nine points for Pikeville in the hard-fought win.
Struggling offensively, South Floyd shot only 31.8 percent (21-of-66) from the field. The Raiders finished 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from 3-point range.
South Floyd shot 50 percent (4-of-8) from the free throw line.
The Raiders managed to outrebound Pikeville 43-33.
Andrew Tackett led South Floyd with a game-high 22 points.
Poppa Trammell added 15 points and 14 rebounds, registering a double-double for South Floyd in the setback.
Jacob Collins scored nine points, Brady Conn chipped in six points and Blake Johnson added three points for South Floyd, which won a tournament title at a holiday tournament in Tennessee in December.
Conn ranked as South Floyd’s second-leading rebounder, rounding up 13 rebounds for the Raiders.
The South Floyd and Pikeville 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.