Boys’ Sweet Sixteen: Perry tall order for Panthers: Panthers bounced from tourney by Commodores

By: 
Teddy Paynter

LEXINGTON — Perry County Central opened the second half on an 8-0 run and pulled away to beat cold-shooting Pikeville, 61-46, in the opening round of the Boys’ Sweet 16 tournament played at Rupp Arena on March 15.

 

The Panthers, who finished the year at 23-9, hit just 16-of-52 shots from the floor for 30 percent and were soundly beaten on the boards by a 44-21 margin by the much taller Commodores.

 

Cade Byers led the Panthers in scoring with eight points while Wyatt Battaile chipped in seven.

 

Byers jumper with 4 minutes, 1 second left before halftime gave Pikeville its final lead of the game at 14-12.

 

Princewell Anosike led the Commodores, now 28-7, with 10 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots.

 

Damon Tobler and Austin Hill paced the scoring with 12 points apiece. Idris Akenyemi chipped in 10.

 

Pikeville was playing in its first state tournament since 1999.

 

 

 

At Lexington

 

(Sweet 16)

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

 

PC (28-7)........................................................8 15 17 21 - 61

 

PK (23-9)........................................................9 11 7 19 - 46

 

Scoring:

 

Perry County Central (61) - Damon Tobler 3(1) 3-7 12; Idris Akenyemi 5 0-0 10; Noah Back 0(3) 0-0 9; Austin Hill 6 0-0 12; Princewell Anosike 4 2-5 10; Chandler Caudill 2 0-1 4; Jacob Woolum 1 0-0 2; and Noah Caudill 0 2-2 2. Totals: 21(4) 7-15 61.

 

Pikeville (46) - Kyle Watkins 1 2-2 4; Wyatt Battaile 1(1) 2-5 7; Evan Rhodes 3 0-0 6; Connor Roberts 1(1) 0-0 5; Cade Byers 4 0-1 8; Jose Childers 0(1) 0-0 3; Grayson Harris 0 2-2 2; Connor Risner 1 3-4 5; Kobe Brown 0 2-2 2; and Zach Hamilton 2 0-1 4. Totals: 13(3) 11-17 46.

 

Next up: Pikeville’s season ends at 23-9.