, Corbin, KY

February 28, 2013

The Way it Is

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Well, the first round of the 13th Region Boys Tournament is over and now that I’ve had time to reflect on some things, it’s time for me to give my ramblings.

Biggest upset

If South Laurel could have held on against Harlan County, I would have went that direction, but with that said, I’m going with Middlesboro’s win over Corbin. The Yellow Jackets fought back from a 24-8 deficit on two-of-18 shooting in the first quarter to knock off the Redhounds, who entered the game with the region’s best record.

With that said, it just seemed like Corbin might have taken its foot off the pedal in the second quarter and could never recover. But you also have to give Russ Thompson’s team credit. The Yellow Jackets could have easily folded against a team that beat them by 17 points earlier in the season.

Best individual performance so far

Barbourville’s Devon Mills got on the big stage Monday and showed 13th Region fans just how good he was. The Tiger senior left everything he had on the court, scoring 17 of his tournament-best 33 points against Clay County. If you look a bit closer, he accounted for more than half of Barbourville’s 65 points.

Looking ahead

If you know me, then you know I always like to look ahead to next season. I guess being a Cincinnati Bengals fan will do that to you. With that said, who will be the teams to beat next year? Well, if I had to pick today, I’d have to go with Brian Evans’ Knox Central Panthers then maybe Bell County not far behind. Why the Panthers? They return a solid nucleus of players in Matt Barger, Jeffrey Adams, Chad Marsee, Dustin Hensley and Nathan Cole.