Paintsville Tigers win first two in 15th Region  All ‘A’ Classic

Paintsville’s Colby Fugate tries to block East Ridge Issac Woods’ shot off the backboard Tuesday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic. Fugate scored 10 points against the Warriors in the Tigers’ 69-65 win, but scored a game-high 33 points Wednesday night in Paintsville’s 64-46 win over Betsy Layne in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. The Tigers will take on Phelps in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night.

Phelps and Paintsville both picked up wins in the 15th Region All “A” Classic Wednesday evening at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. The two teams now advance to take on each other in the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Shelby Valley and Prestonsburg were scheduled to play Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and Pikeville was scheduled to do battle with Martin County in the second game Friday night; the winners advance to the other semifinal game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.


Paintsville 64,

Betsy Layne 46

Betsy Layne just couldn’t keep the same pace as Paintsville in the second half Wednesday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.

The Tigers pulled out a big 64-46 win to advance to the 15th Region All “A” Classic semifinals against Phelps Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Phelps advanced to the semifinals by knocking off Jenkins 89-58 in the first game Wednesday night.

Paintsville’s Colby Fugate had a huge game to lead the Tigers. Fugate finished the night with a game-high 33 points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers jumped out to a 12-10 lead after the first quarter of play. The game stayed close at halftime as Paintsville took a 26-24 lead into the halftime break.

The second half was all Paintsville as the Tigers outscored the Bobcats 38-22.

Braxton Tharp also reached double figure scoring for the Tigers with 12 points. Nick Keeton followed with nine points, eight rebounds and a block. Jaxon Watts scored five, while Connor Fugate and Ryan Gibson each scored two points. Baron Ratliff chipped in with one point.

Paintsville outscored Betsy Layne 34-24 in the paint.

The Tigers only turned the ball over four times in the game and forced Betsy Layne turned the ball over nine times.

Paintsville shot 48 percent from the field (27 for 56), while Betsy Layne only shot 36 percent from the floor (15 for 41).

The Tigers out rebounded the Bobcats 33-27.

Chase Mims led the way for Betsy Layne with a team-high 22 points. Brady Robinson followed with 10 points. Lukas Manns added nine points and 12 rebounds. Jacob Rainey scored three and Andrew Kidd added two points.

Paintsville (7-8) is scheduled to take on Phelps Saturday in the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.

Betsy Layne (9-7) is scheduled to visit Phelps at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday.


Paintsville    12    14    13    25    — 64

Betsy Layne    10    14    7    15    — 46

Paintsville — Colby Fugate 33, Braxton Tharp 12, Nick Keeton 9, Jaxon Watts 5, Ryan Gibson 2, Connor Fugate 2, Baron Ratliff 1.

Betsy Layne — Chase Mims 22, Brady Robinson 10, Lukas Manns 9, Jacob Rainey 3, Andrew Kidd 2.

Phelps 89,

Jenkins 58

Phelps came out strong and never looked back as the Hornets cruised past the Cavs Wednesday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic.

Jason Casey led all the Hornet scorers with a team-high 16 points, four assists and four steals. Trey Francis followed with 12 points and four steals in limited action.

In all, 11 Hornets scored in the game.

Seth Mayhorn and Cameron Johnson each scored nine points against Jenkins. Camron Sanson and Antuan Smith both scored eight points for the Hornets. Mason Prater followed with seven and Landon Dotson scored six. Melvin McCoy and Matthew Orras each scored five points for the Hornets. Tristan Blankenship chipped in with four points.

Phelps shot 46.8 percent from the field (36 for 77). Jenkins only shot 37.7 percent from the field (25 for 61).

The Hornets only turned the ball over five times, while forcing Jenkins to turn the ball over 21 times.

Phelps out rebounded Jenkins 37-17 on the night.

Payton Rose led the way for Jenkins with a game-high 24 points. He was the only Jenkins player to reach double figure scoring. Austin Johnson and Jeremy Potter each scored nine points for the Cavs.


Phelps    25    22    23    19    — 89

Jenkins    10    15    19    14    — 58

Phelps — Jason Casey 16, Trey Francis 12, Seth Mayhorn 9, Cameron Johnson 9, Cameron Sanson  8, Antuan Smith 7, Mason Prater 7, Landon Dotson 6, Melvin McCoy 5, Matthew Orras 5, Tristan Blankenship 4.

Jenkins — Payton Rose 24, Austin Johnson 9, Jeremy Potter 9, Anthony Newman 7, Keegan Bentley 2, Chris Fields 2, Justin Helton 2, Carter Howard 2, Jacob Bentley 1.


Paintsville 69,

East Ridge 65

East Ridge made things interesting with a barrage of threes Tuesday night in the play-in game of the 15th Region All “A” Classic at the Appalachian Wireless Arena.

Paintsville pulled out a 69-65 win over the Warriors.

East Ridge went 10 for 23 from three-point range on the night.

Paintsville had four players reach double figure scoring. Braxton Tharp led the way for Tigers with a game-high 25 points. Nick Keeton followed with 19 points and four rebounds. Baron Ratliff added 11 points and was three for six from three-point range. Colby Fugate finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Rex Castle chipped in with four points.

The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field (24 for 48). East Ridge shot 49 percent from the field (26 for 51).

Jon Mills led the way for East Ridge. Mills hit a big three late in the game to cut Paintsville’s lead to just two points in the final seconds. Paintsville was able to hold off the Warriors, though. Mills was eight for 11 from the field and four for five from three-point range. He also had nine rebounds for East Ridge.

Braxton Stanley finished with 14 points for the Warriors. Eli Rose had 12 points. Cameron Hess finished with eight points and Issac Woods scored six. Hunter Damron chipped in with two points.

East Ridge out rebounded Paintsvlle 24-22 on the night.

Paintsville jumped out to a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and then pushed the lead to 33-24 at halftime.

The Tigers lead was cut to 52-47 at the end of the third quarter. East Ridge outscored Paintsville 18-17 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.


Paintsville    13    20    19    17    — 69

East Ridge    9    15    23    18    —65

Paintsville — Braxton Tharp 25, Nick Keeton 19, Baron Ratliff 11, Colby Fugate 10, Rex Castle 4.

East Ridge — Jon Mills 23, Braxton Stanley 14, Eli Rose 12, Cameron Hess 8, Issac Woods 6, Hunter Damron 2.

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