PIKEVILLE – Prestonsburg missed an opportunity to advance in the annual regional small-school boys’ basketball tournament over the weekend. Former state champion Shelby Valley pulled away to defeat Prestonsburg 71-51 in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Saturday.
Shelby Valley improved to 10-4 with the win.
With the loss, Prestonsburg dropped to 2-12.
Shelby Valley defeated Prestonsburg for the third time in the 2015-16 season. The two 15th Region squads met twice in December.
Shelby Valley shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the field. The Wildcats shot 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from 3-point range.
Shelby Valley shot 66.7 percent (18-of-27) from the free throw line.
Hunter Swindall poured in a game-high 36 points to lead Shelby Valley to the win. Swindall drained 12 shots from the field and one three-pointer while connecting on 9-of-11 free throw attempts.
Accompanying Swindall in double figures, Jacob Beverly scored 15 points and Lamont Wright contributed 10 points for the Wildcats.
In two previous outings, Shelby Valley had notched single-digit wins over the Blackcats.
Prestonsburg played from behind in each quarter. The Wildcats led 24-13 through the first quarter and 43 -15 at halftime.
Remaining out in front after intermission, Shelby Valley outscored the Blackcats 15-10 in the third quarter to lead 58-35 heading into the final period.
Dalton Frasure led Prestonsburg with 20 points. Scott Stapleton scored 14 points and Wesley Hager added 10 points for the Blackcats, who shot 56 percent from the field.
Other scorers for Prestonsburg were Phil Cornett (three points), Nicholas Rowe (two points) and Jordan Ray (two points).
The Prestonsburg and Shelby Valley 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.