PIKEVILLE – Allen Central started slow and had to play from behind in each quarter during its latest postseason matchup. After owning a nine-point lead over the Rebels through first quarter, East Ridge eventually won 62-51 in the first round of the 15th Region Boys’ Basketball Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Wednesday night.
Allen Central, the runner-up out of the 58th District, ended its season 17-16 with the loss.
With the win, 59th District champion East Ridge improved to 22-11 and advanced in the region tournament.
East Ridge will meet reigning champion Johnson Central in the semifinals of the 15th Region Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Saturday.
East Ridge shot 46.5 percent from the field. The Warriors were 3-for-12 (25 percent) from 3-point range.
East Ridge shot 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the free throw line.
Trey Little led East Ridge with 18 points. Accompanying Little in double figures for the Warriors, Michael Conn scored 15 points.
Moving ahead early, East Ridge outscored Allen Central 13-4 in the first quarter. The Rebels limited East Ridge to eight points in the second quarter but still trailed at halftime. The Warriors led 21-17 at intermission.
Stretching its lead out again, East Ridge outscored Allen Central 15-10 in the third quarter.
Justin Potter (eight points), Matt Miller (seven points), Chris Blevins (four points), Dawson Clark (five points) and Jacob Childers (five points) provided additional scoring for the Warriors.
Allen Central shot 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from the field. The Rebels were 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Allen Central shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line.
Cameron Blevins led Allen Central with a game-high 22 points. Joining Blevins in double figures, Seth Hall scored 13 points for the Rebels in the season-ending loss.
Other scorers for Allen Central were Bret Samons (six points), Ethan Smith-Mills (five points), Dylan Caudill (two points), Sam Conley (two points) and Cameron Nelson (one point).
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.