By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LOG MOUNTAIN — The South Laurel Cardinals continue to play well against 13th Region foes of late, knocking off Bell County Friday, 55-54.
The win improved the Cardinals to 7-8 on the season and is the third in a row against 13th region opponents after the Cardinals dropped the first two of the season.
South Laurel head coach Jeff Davis said he was pleased with the win, but admitted his team stole one from the Bobcats.
“We really got away with one tonight, but we’ll take it,” Davis said. “Our kids are playing well right now, but we still have to do some things better as a team.”
Bell County led early on, holding a 17-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Cardinals turned the tables in the second to tie things up at 30 apiece.
The Bobcats used a 15-12 third-quarter effort to grab a 45-42 lead as the game headed to the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals battled back in the final eight minutes as Zac Baxter scored seven of his 15 points in the period to help lead the way for South Laurel as they pulled out the 55-54 win. Matt Slavey led the Cardinals with 19 points.
South Laurel will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Knox Central to face the Panthers.
South Laurel 55, Bell Co. 54
South Laurel 13 17 12 13 55
Bell County 17 13 15 9 54
South Laurel (55) – Slavey 19, Baxter 15, Miller 8, Rader 4, Jones 4, Schaser 3, Helton 2.
Bell County (54) – Potter 13, Asher 10, Patterson 10, Collette 7, Hudson 6, Partin 4, Ferguson 4.
By Chris Parsons / 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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