Mason Blair

15th Regional Tournament Roundup: Eagles, Dawgs advance

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central dominated from the opening tip against Shelby Valley and rolled to a 79-43 win in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ basketball tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

 

Cole Crace led a trio of Golden Eagles (26-6) with a game-high 22 points. Jacob Rice followed with 18 and Mason Blair chipped in 12.

 

Johnson Central built a 47-15 halftime lead.

 

Cody Potter was the lone Valley (16-15) player in double figures with 14 points. He was three points shy of reaching 1,000 for the season.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

SV (16-15)...........................9 6 15 13 - 43

 

JC (26-6)............................21 26 19 13 - 79

 

Scoring:

 

Shelby Valley (43) - Cody Potter 5(1) 1-1 14; Orbie McPeek 3 0-1 6; Blake Burke 3 2-5 8; Tanner Bentley 2 1-2 5; Seth Johnson 2 0-0 4; Dalton Wellman 0(1) 0-0 3; and Peyton Blackburn 1 1-2 3. Totals: 16(2) 5-11 43.

 

Johnson Central (79) - Austin Davis 1(1) 0-0 5; Cole Crace 7(1) 5-9 22; Mason Blair 2(2) 2-2 12; Jacob Rice 3(4) 0-1 18; Dalton Collins 1 2-2 4; Blake Delong 1 0-0 2; Gabe Ferral 2(1) 1-2 8; Isaiah May 1 0-0 2; Jarrett Blair 0(1) 0-0 3; and Cory VanHoose 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19(10) 11-19 79.

 

 

 

Lawrence County................85

 

Allen Central......................76

 

PIKEVILLE — Lawrence County landed four players in double-figure scoring as the Bulldogs outlasted Allen Central, 85-76, in the opening round of the 15th Region boys’ basketball tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on March 1.

 

Tim Dalton, the nation’s leading scorer, poured in a game-high 35 points as Lawrence County improved to 22-11.

 

Jared Wellman followed with 21 points while Trey Dotson tallied 17 and Alex Ratliff chipped in 10.

 

Ethan Smith-Mills paced the Rebels, who finished 14-19, with 23 points while Cameron Nelson added 22.

 

Dylan Caudill followed with 14 and Allen May finished with 12.

 

 

 

At Pikeville

 

(15th Region Tournament)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

AC (14-19)...........................17 19 7 33 - 76

 

LC (22-11).........................21 23 10 31 - 85

 

Scoring:

 

Allen Central (76) - Ethan Smith-Mills 4(5) 0-1 23; Dylan Caudill 3 8-12 14; Cameron Nelson 9 4-6 22; Kolby Slone 0(1) 0-0 3; Allen May 3(1) 3-5 12; and Cody Haddix 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20(7) 15-24 76.

 

Lawrence County (85) - Trey Dotson 1(5) 0-0 17; Cameron Maynard 1 0-0 2; Timmy Dalton 10 15-20 35; Jared Wellman 3(4) 21; and Alex Ratliff 0(1) 7-8 10. Totals: 15(10) 25-32 85.