Perry County Central let Pikeville hang around in the first half, but the Commodores steamrolled PHS in the second half on their way to 61-46 win on Wednesday.
PCC struggled with turnovers throughout the game, but Pikeville rarely capitalized outside of the first quarter. Both teams struggled to knock down shots early on as there was 1:55 period of time where neither team scored. With only eight combined made shots, Pikeville led 9-8 after one quarter.
Pikeville was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter, but sloppy play by PCC helped to keep PHS in the game. The Commodores got their points by driving in on the undersized Pikeville team. Pikeville was unable to keep up with Princewill Anosike and Idris Akenyemi underneath after the second quarter. The two big men combined for 22 of PCC’s 44 rebounds. Pikeville never really caught up to the length of Perry Central, as can be seen here.
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Two big buckets by Pikeville’s Zach Hamilton cut PCC’s lead to three at the half. Pikeville’s offense went dead for another long stretch of time to open the second half. Noah Back and Damon Tobler knocked down three’s and PCC’s defense forced Pikeville to go nearly four more minutes without a point. The bigs for PCC made it nearly impossible for PHS to drive into the paint. The Commodores blocked 12 shots, including ten in the first half.
PCC shot at 56 percent clip in the second half as they ran away from Pikeville. The lead swelled to 20 in the fourth quarter as Pikeville tried to stretch the game out with fouls. Despite making four of their last five shots, Pikeville fell 61-46 to Perry County Central in the first round of the tournament.
PCC was able to hold despite turning the ball over 21 times on Wednesday. Austin Hill and Tobler led all scorers with 12 points. The Commodores out rebounded Pikeville 44-21 and did not allow a single PHS player to reach double figures in scoring.
Perry County Central will play Friday at 1:30 against the winner of Scott and Harlan County. We will have more action tonight at Rupp Arena with Scott County vs. Pulaski County and Scott vs Harlan County, so follow @TreyHuntsmanKSR and @FredMaggard for coverage.