By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
Brian Evans’ Knox Central Panthers might be tagged as one of the teams to beat in the 13th Region Tournament, but they have to get past upstart Williamsburg first.
The two teams will square-off in first round action with the Yellow Jackets looking to pull off an upset win over a high profile team for the second straight week.
Patrick Robinson’s squad put an end to South Laurel during last week’s 50th District Tournament, as the Yellow Jackets reversed a 40-point defeat to the No. 1 seeded Cardinals by winning, 53-51.
Williamsburg hasn’t played Knox Central this season, but the Yellow Jackets are hoping to surprise again today, and put an end to the Panthers’ season.
“Knox Central is one of the more complete teams in the tournament because they aren’t going to just come out and throw eight guards at you,” Robinson said. “They have a legitimate post player in Chad Marsee that can put his back to the basket and hurt you if you don’t defend him well.
“They also have some good guards that know how to direct traffic and get the ball where it needs to go,” he added. “We have a few days to put together a game plan and that’s what we’ll try to do.”
Evans admitted his team will have its hands full, but feels like if the Panthers can avoid turnovers and take good shots, positive things will happen.
“The big thing is that Williamsburg is an unknown to us,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t know much about them, but I do know they are improved. There is a lot of parity in this tournament, and it’s true in this game as well.
“The big thing is that we need to take care of us,” Evans added. “No one is guaranteed anything once you get this far, and we’re just going to have to be ready to play.”
“The type of kids we have are not the kind of kids that look ahead and worry about anything other than the game in front of them,” Robinson said. “Our guys have been able to come in and take it one game at a time and I don’t see them doing anything different now that we’re in the region tournament.
“I think that there are obviously a few teams that can be considered favorites, teams like Clay County, Jackson County and Knox Central,” he added. “If you look at how three of the four district championships finished, you can see just how balanced the region is and just how competitive this tournament has the potential to be. As far as our team, I feel like we can compete with anybody in this thing, but we have to play well if we want to make it tough of Knox Central. We have the ability to be there in the end, bit we have to play well.”
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