LICK CREEK – Pikeville took control early and never allowed Piarist School to get going, pulling away to defeat the Knights 86-29 in the 59th District Boys’ Basketball Tournament at East Ridge High School on Monday night.
With the win, Pikeville improved to 17-14 and advanced to the 59th District championship game.
Piarist concluded its season 0-25 with the loss.
The Panthers dominated throughout the tournament matchup.
Pikeville shot 47.4 percent (37-of-78) from the field. The Panthers finished 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Pikeville shot 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the free throw line.
The Panthers also dominated inside. Controlling the backboards, Pikeville outrebounded Piarist School 45-19.
Five Pikeville players reached double figures in the scoring column. Pacing the Panthers offensively, Connor Roberts scored 17 points.
Following Roberts in double figures for the Panthers, Wyatt Battaile scored 12 points. Battaile was the quarterback for Pikeville’s state title football team earlier in the schoolyear.
Joining Roberts and Battaile in double figures, Cody Charles, Blaine May and Bryce Williams chipped in 10 points apiece.
Narrowly missing double figures, Clay Slone scored nine points for the Panthers.
In all, 10 different Pikeville players broke into the scoring column.
Skylar Williams led Piarist with a game-high 21 points. Williams drained a trio of 3-pointers for the Knights in the setback.
Steven Misczenscki (four points), Brantley Deskins (two points) and Kyle Price (two points) provided additional scoring for Piarist in the season-ending loss.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.