All-State junior guard Braxton Beverly’s team-high 22 points, including 11 in the first half, keyed the Commodores’ convincing 61- 48 victory over the Letcher Central Cougars in the opening round of the 14th Region tournament Saturday in Stanton.
The Commodore’s defensive pressure dominated the Cougars early and allowed them to open the game with a 9-0 run that grew to 21-5 by the end of the first quarter. LCC was forced into 10 turnovers in the first half and trailed the Commodores 33-14 at the break. LCC played better in the second half and finished the game with just 14 turnovers.
After an abysmal first half in which they made just 3/15 field goal attempts and only 6/14 from the charity line, the Cougars battled back. Trailing 41-18 with 5:40 left in the third quarter, LCC’s Torell Carter scored nine straight points to cut PCC’s lead to 43-27 with 3:02 left in the third. PCC then pushed back and expanded its lead 56-30 going into the final quarter.
The Cougars had one more offensive spurt left — outscoring the Commodores 11-2 over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to cut PCC’s lead to 58-41.
In the final minute, senior forward Hunter Hall, who finished with six points and a team-high eight rebounds, made just his third trey of the season as LCC cut PCC’s lead to the final score of 61-48.
LCC’s other two seniors, Austin Caudill and Isaiah Wallace, finished with three and two points, respectively. Wallace also claimed six rebounds.
Torell Carter, who was triple teamed and held to just four points in the first half, finished with a game-high 24 points and five rebounds. Carter completed his sophomore season with an average of 25 points per game. Junior forward Tyler Collins chipped in with seven points and five rebounds. Jordan Gregory and Austin Banks scored three points each.