BETSY LAYNE – The South Floyd Raiders came out on top in double overtime on Tuesday night, defeating the Prestonsburg Blackcats 79-76 in the opening round of the 58th Boys’ Basketball District Tournament at the Dome.
With the win, South Floyd improved to 19-12 and advances to meet Allen Central in the district title game on Friday night. It’s the last game the two Floyd County boys’ basketball teams will play in the 58th District before consolidating.
With the loss, Prestonsburg ended its season 7-24.
Prestonsburg held a two-point lead at halftime and South Floyd led by two points at the conclusion of three quarters. Several lead changes and both regulation and the first overtime ending tied followed. There were 53 fouls called in the game with five players from South Floyd fouling out. Four of the five South Floyd players who fouled out were starters.
South Floyd’s Brady Conn led all players with a game-high 27 points and 15 rebounds. Jacob Collins scored 15 points on 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc and JR Tackett had 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line in the second half to keep the Raiders in the game.
Another Raider, Shane Kidd, added 11 points on 67 percent shooting from 3-point range and two free throws with 5.2 seconds in the second overtime to force Prestonsburg to shoot a 3-pointer as time expired.
Kyle Isaac came off the bench to add nine points and five rebounds for South Floyd in the win.
Four Blackcats reached double figures in the scoring column. Blake Slone led Prestonsburg in scoring with 26 points on 13 field goals. Austin Endicott added 23 points, while Chandler Nelson and Drake Nunnery scored 11 points apiece for the Blackcats.
Greg Moore is a contributing writer/photographer for The Floyd County Times. He can be reached via email at [email protected]