GOODY, Ky. – Pikeville hit on 11- of- 18 from behind the arc and defeated Belfry 79-59 Thursday at BHS gym.
Belfry got behind early and trailed 23-12 after one quarter of play. They fought back and cut the lead to 31-28 late in the second quarter, but the Panthers went on a 6-0 run to end the half and led 37-28 at halftime.
Ethan Rowe fired in four 3-pointers and had 14 points by halftime. Ray Kasonga, a 6-foot-6 pivot-man from Canada, also scored 14 points in the first two quarters. Jacob Hamilton chipped in nine in the opening half.
Brett Charles had 10 first half points for the Pirates, while 6-foot-5 Tony Messer added seven.
Pikeville got good play from freshmen guards Blaine May and Steven Silvers in the second half and led 60-46 after three quarters. May is the son of Denny Paul May, a former Belfry standout guard, who was an assistant coach under Raymond Justice.
With about 2:00 left in the game, Belfry trailed by 20 and Pikeville burn up the final seconds of the clock to head home with the victory.
Rowe finished with 26 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers and he had nine rebounds. Kasonga finished with 23 points and he pulled down 15 boards. Hamilton was also in double figures with 15 points, Silvers scored eight, Ryder Johnson four and May three for PHS coach Bart Williams.
Pikeville, now 9-7 on the season, hit 28-53 from the floor for 58 percent, hitting 11 3-pointers and a hot 61 percent from behind the arc. They were 12-20 at the free throw line for 60 percent. The Panthers committed 10 turnovers.
Belfry dropped to 7-4 on the season. Charles was the high point man for coach Randy Casey with 17 points, while Josh Robinson had 14 and Messer 13. Messer pulled down nine rebounds, one short of a double-double. Cameron Johnson had six points, Sean Hurley five, while Trinity Carr and Nick West came off the bench and each scored a basket for BHS.
The Pirates were 24-58 from the floor for 41 percent and 3-18 from 3-point land for 16 percent. They made 8-13 at the charity stripe for 61 percent. BHS only had 10 turnovers.
Belfry returns to action tonight traveling to Allen Central. They take on East Ridge in another road game on Saturday night.
Score by quarters:
PHS … - 23 14 23 19 - 79
BHS … - 12 16 18 13 - 59
Pikeville (9-7) - May 3, Silvers 8, Johnson 4, Hamilton 15, Rowe 26, Kasongo 23.
Belfry (7-4) - Hurley 5, West 2, Carr 2, Robinson 14, Charles 17, Johnson 6, Messer 13.