The 14th Region’s top two teams battled it out Thursday as the Perry County Central Commodores traveled to Hindman to take on the Knott Central Patriots. The Commodores got off to a slow start, but rallied behind a strong defensive effort to down the Patriots.
The Commodores suffered through a bout of butterfingers in the first quarter, allowing the Patriots to jump out to the lead. Perry Central picked up the pace to finish the period down by eight at 15-7.
The opening of the second period saw Perry Central fall down by double digits 17-7. The period also saw two starters, Trevor Combs and Jaysean Paige, go to the bench with foul trouble.
The Commodores rallied down the stretch, and a Braxton Beverly three-pointer pulled Perry Central to within four at the break (22-18).
The Commodores continued to surge in the third period, and eventually erased their deficit. The game went back and forth at that point, and the quarter ended with a 30-all tie.
Knott County pulled back in the lead early in the fourth quarter, but could not shake Perry Central. The Commodores fought their way back late, and had to protect their lead from the free throw line. Jaysean Paige and Braxton Beverly connected on four consecutive free throws to ice the win.
The Commodores went on to take the victory by the final tally of 46-43. Paige, who was limited in minutes during the first half due to foul trouble, led Perry Central in scoring with 15 points.