OPENING ROUND: Shelby Valley’s Cody Potter (10) and Belfry’s Wilson Harris (30) battle for possession of the opening tip in the 15th Region boys’ tournament played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.
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Belfry, Johnson Central punch tickets to semis

By: 
Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Belfry has reached unchartered waters for the first time in a long time as the Pirates knocked off Shelby Valley, 65-62, to advance to the 15th Region boys’ tournament semifinals with the win at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

The Pirates, now 20-12, will face Johnson Central (18-14) on Monday night with a berth in the finals on the line.

Isiah Roblee, who suffered a leg injury midway through the second period, returned in the second half to finish with a game-high 27 points.

Koleston Blankenship followed with 16 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. Devin Varney and Wilson Harris added 10 each.

Cameron Worrix led the Wildcats (22-9) with 20 points while Blake Burke finished with 17. Cody Potter chipped in 13.

Shelby Valley had an opportunity to send the game into overtime but a last-second, three-point shot hit the iron and came off.

 

At Pikeville

(Opening Round)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

SV (22-9)..................................10  14  18  20 - 62

BF (20-12)..................................9   16  19  21 - 65

Scoring:

Shelby Valley (62) - Cameron Worrix 9 2-2 20; Blake Burke 5(2) 1-2 17; Tanner Bentley 1 0-0 2; Cody Potter 2(2) 3-3 13; Zach Honaker 0(1) 0-0 3; Keian Worrix 1 1-2 3; and Orbie McPeek 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20(5) 7-9 62.

Belfry (65)  - Devin Varney 3 4-7 10; Koleston Blankenship 3 10-10 16; Isiah Roblee 6(3) 6-12 27; Dezmon Roblee 1 0-0 2; Wilson Harris 4 2-3 10; and Ryan Jessie 0 0-3 0. Totals: 17(3) 22-35 65.

 

Johnson Central......................76

Prestonsburg..........................65

PIKEVILLE — Johnson Central punched it ticket to the 15th Region boys’ tournament semifinals with a 76-65 win over Prestonsburg in a game played at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Feb. 28.

The Golden Eagles, now 18-14, will face Belfry on Monday night. Prestonsburg’s season ends at 14-19.

Gabe Ferrell led five Golden Eagles in double figures with 12 points. Jacob Rice added 11 while Isaiah May, Dalton Collins and Bryson Hackney tossed in 10 apiece.

Phil Cornett led the Blackcats with a game-high 23 points. Graham Burchett finished with 14 and Drake Nunnery added 13.

The Golden Eagles built a 28-point lead early in the second half before the Blackcats ralled and closed to within eight.

 

At Pikeville

(Opening Round)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PB (14-19).................................12  10  14  29 - 65

JC (18-14).................................22  22  15  17 - 76

Scoring:

Prestonsburg (65) - Adam Slone 3 1-3 7; Drake Nunnery 3(2) 1-2 13; Grant Justice 0 1-2 1; Graham Burchett 2(3) 1-1 14; Phil Cornett 5(4) 1-2 23; Gunner Williams 1 2-2 4; and Dalton Trusty 1 1-3 3. Totals: 15(9) 8-14 65.

Johnson Central (76) - Isaiah May 2(1) 3-4 10; Jacob Rice 1(2) 3-4 11; Cory VanHoose 4 1-2 9; Dalton Collins 4 2-2 10; Gabe Ferrel 2(2) 2-3 12;  

Grant Davis 3 1-1 7; Bryson Hackney 4 2-3 10; Braxton Bentley 1 3-4 5; and Dawson Burton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22(5) 17-23 76.