By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
LOG MOUNTAIN — The Bell County Bobcats were looking to protect their five-game winning streak at home on Tuesday night against the Yellow Jackets of Williamsburg.
The Jackets were hoping to snap a two-game losing streak to stay above the .500 mark on the early season.
Both teams battled to the closing minutes, but it was Bell County who emerged victorious with a 60-53 win to improve to 6-2 on the season.
“The kids that finished the game tonight played tough,” Patrick Robinson said. “We had a chance to win it at the end, but made a few little mistakes late. Offensively, I thought we played well.”
Williamsburg opened play to an 18-6 lead early in the contest.
Just when it seemed Williamsburg had the momentum, the Bobcats returned fire to close the quarter on an 8-0 scoring run.
Bell County eventually took a 24-22 lead, but the Yellow Jackets closed the half scoring nine points on three consecutive possessions, but Bell County answered with field goals from Patterson and Josh Asher to close the half in a 31-31 tie.
The see-saw battle continued in the third period as the teams traded baskets and exchanged the lead on several possessions throughout most of the third quarter. A two point lead was as big as both teams saw during the quarter.
Tyler Potter's three-point field goal gave Bell County a 53-48 lead with under 3:00 remaining in regulation and Williamsburg did not recover from that point in the game.
Williamsburg was led in scoring by Dalton Sizemore with 23 points. Bell County was led by Tyler Potter with 15 on the night. The loss slips Williamsburg to 2-3 on the season.
Bell County 60, Williamsburg 53
Williamsburg 18 13 12 10 53
Bell County 14 17 13 16 60
Williamsburg (53) – Sizemore 23, Shelton 17, Griffith 8, Poore 3, Haus 2
Bell County (60) – Potter 15, Partin 14, Patterson 13, Asher 11, Collet 7,
By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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