EASTERN – South Floyd will have a chance to vie for another 58th District boys’ basketball championship. The Raiders pulled away to beat Prestonsburg 64-33 in the opening round of the 58th District Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night.
With the win, South Floyd improved to 16-12 and advanced to the 58th District title game.
Prestonsburg ended its season 7-22 with the loss.
South Floyd shot 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field. The Raiders went 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from 3-point range.
South Floyd shot 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the free throw line.
Three Raiders reached double figures in the scoring column. Jacob Collins paced South Floyd with a team-high 16 points. Joining Collins in double figures, Andrew Tackett tossed in 14 points and Roger Tackett contributed 13 points.
Narrowly missing double figures, Poppa Trammell posted nine points.
Other scorers for South Floyd in the win were Brady Ousley (six points), Tyler Preston (three points), Brady Conn (two points) and Shane Kidd (two points).
Tackett and Conn led South Floyd on the glass, grabbing 13 and 12 rebounds, respectively.
South Floyd shook off a slow start. Prestonsburg edged the Raiders 13-12 in the first quarter but trailed at half and throughout the second half.
South Floyd battled back to lead 26-19 at halftime. Stretching its lead to double digits shortly after the break, South Floyd led 42-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Dalton Frasure paced Prestonsburg with a game-high 18 points. Frasure was the only Prestonsburg player to reach double figures in his final high school basketball game.
Drake Nunnery (four points), Jordan Ray (four points), Wes Hager (three points), Scott Stapleton (two points) and Austin Endicott (two points) provided additional scoring for the Blackcats.
South Floyd won for the second time in three outings.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 8506.