Boys Sweet 16 – Perry Central Advances to Elite 8

Tobler with the drive - Photo by Brendon Miller
Tobler with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller

BOYS SWEET 16 1st Round, Gm 2.

Perry Central vs Pikeville 3-15-17

Both Perry Central and Pikeville, Mountain teams, entered Rupp Arena with dreams of a State Championship. Both teams came out sluggish to start the game and the nervousness showed as both committed careless turnovers and missed easy shots. Midway through the first quarter the teams settled in and started to run their offenses a little smoother. Pikeville had a hard time getting shots off as PCC’s big men contested everything near the rim. Pikeville would hold a one point lead after the 1st quarter 9-8.

Both teams started off the 2nd quarter with a more aggressive defense. Midway through the quarter there were 9 lead changes with the biggest lead for Pikeville being 2 points and 3 points for PCC. Perry Central would go on a late run behind Hill 8points and Akenyemi with 6 points to close out the half with a 23-20 lead. PCC inside game was evident as their big men helped hold Pikeville to 8-27 shooting for a 29.6 pct. PCC hit on 11-21 for a 52.4 shooting PCT. PCC out rebounded the Panthers 19-11 in the first half. PCC had 10 block shots in the half but also committed 10 turnovers, most of them unforced and kept the game closer than it should had been in the first half.

PCC would start off 2nd half on fire going on an 8-0 run and out rebounded Pikeville 5-0 during their run. PCC would slowly open up their lead in the 3rd quarter behind the scoring of Austin Hill and Damon Tobler, PCC would lead by as much as 16 points. After a hot start to the quarter PCC cooled off but Pikeville could not capitalize as their shots would not fall. Despite a desperation three at the buzzer by Pikeville, Perry Central would end the 3rd quarter with a commanding 40-27 lead.

PCC turnover count continued to rise with 17 early in the 4th quarter. Most of those, again, were unforced. Neither team would gain much of an advantage early in the period as both teams would trade baskets. PCC would gain some momentum around midway through the quarter and push the lead out to as many as 20  points at 55-35. Perry Central, for only the 2nd time in school history, would hang on for a 61-46 win and a trip to the Elite 8. PCC were led in a balanced attack by Tobler and Hill with 12. Akenyemi and Anosike had 10, Back had 9, while C. Caudill had 4 Woolum & N. Caudill rounded out the scoring with 2 each. Anosike had 15 rebounds and 6 blocks as PCC would outrebound Pikeville 44-21. The one area that PCC looked less than stellar was turnovers as Perry Central committed 21. PCC will now face Scott in the round of 8. Scott held on to defeat Harlan 77-65. Scott was led by Jake Ohmer with 41. PCC will have their first big test with Ohmer who also had 17 rebounds.