The Trojans trailed 48-47 with 6:21 to play before an old fashioned 3-point play by Ky’re Allison sparked a 14-0 run as Portsmouth picked up a 66-50 road victory over the Ironton Fighting Tigers Tuesday night.
“It was that point again when we start making those mental mistakes,” Fighting Tigers head coach Mark LaFon said. “Sometimes turnovers are physical, sometimes they’re mental. We had some defensive breakdowns.
“It seems like every game we find that spot for just about two minutes. Now this case, as explosive as they are, they got to the (foul) line and stretched the lead all the way out.”
Allison led Portsmouth (8-5, 4-2) with a game-high 29 points, including a perfect 13-of-13 from the charity stripe.
“Allison is the main reason for them getting to the basket,” LaFon said. “Most of the time you know when the game gets tight most of the time the guy, the man on the other team — which Allison is the man for them — is going to take it and we’re letting him go one-on-one.”
The Trojans shot 50 percent from the field, including 8-of-21 from behind the arc. Portsmouth will return to the hardwood Friday with a trip to Coal Grove.
Jim Walker from the Ironton Tribune contributed to this report.
Portsmouth 20 13 13 20 — 66
Ironton 22 6 15 7 — 50
Portsmouth — Leonard 1-2-5, Allison 7-13-29, Rodbell 1-0-3, K. Reynolds 6-6-17, Johnson 4-0-9, D. Reynolds 1-0-3.
Ironton — Wilson 6-3-15, Davis 7-0-19, Carey 2-0-4, Bryant 0-1-1, Webb 2-1-5, Young 2-0-4, Glover 1-0-2.
3-point field goals — Portsmouth 8 (Leonard, Allison 2, Rodbell, K. Reynolds 2, Johnson, D. Reynolds); Ironton 5 (Davis 5)
Records — Portsmouth 8-5 (4-2); Ironton 6-8 (3-4).
Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.