By Chris Parsons
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Corbin Redhounds gave a perfect example of a group effort during Friday’s 76-67 road win over Whitley County.
Tony Pietrowski’s squad had six players to score in double figures Friday, including all five starters, as the Redhounds nailed down the top spot in the upcoming 50th District Tournament.
After the win, Pietrowski said he was pleased with the win and the way his team responded to a tough road crowd as well as a physical game from start to finish.
“This was a very physical game, I guess is the best way to put it,” Pietrowski said. “Our kids responded well, but I didn’t think we came out and played well early.
“After we kind of gathered ourselves I thought we played well for about three quarters,” he added. “You know, Whitley County is a good basketball team and especially on their home floor, and there was a lot on the line in the form of the number one seed, so I was really happy for our kids to get that.”
Kevin Goins led the way for the Redhounds with 15 points, Kaleb Maguet added 14, Zach Farley, Trevor Hill and Hunter Grubb each scored 11 and Robbie Igo chipped in 10.
The Colonels were led by Michael Powers’ 27-point effort, while Boston Bryant added 14.
Whitley County fell behind early in the first quarter, but used an 8-1 run to close the period, grabbing a 14-9 lead.
The Colonels’ lead swelled to nine points (19-10) to start the second quarter, but Corbin used a 20-8 spurt of its own to take a 30-27 with just over a minute to play in the first half. Whitley County took advantage of a pair of free throw attempt by Powers with one-tenth of a second on the clock to trim the gap to 32-31 as the teams headed for halftime.
Corbin jumped out to a 41-31 lead to start the third quarter, but the Colonels responded and eventually trimmed the gap to 53-50 with eight minutes to play in the game.
The Colonels tied the game with the first three points of the fourth quarter, but fell behind 60-55 after Corbin got back-to-back buckets from Goins with just over five minutes to play.
Whitley County stayed close as time wound down and had a chance to tie the score at 62 apiece with just over three minutes to play, but Devin Rutherford came up short on a pair of free throw attempts.
The Redhounds capitalized and after Whitley County trimmed the gap to 70-67 with 1:34 to play, Pietrowski’s team made six-of-eight free throws to seal the 76-67 victory.
Afterward, Whitley County coach Jerry Overbey applauded his team’s effort and said he was proud of the way the Colonels fought the whole way through.
“Just like a lot of times this year, our kids didn’t quit,” he said. “They kept battling and were able to do some good things in this game.
Corbin 76, Whitley County 67
Corbin 9 23 21 23 76
Whitley Co. 14 17 19 17 67
Corbin (76) – Goins 15, Maguet 14, Farley 11, Hill 11, Grubb 11, Igo 10, Shelton 2, Waddle 2.
Whitley County (67) – Powers 27, Bryant 14, D. Rutherford 7, Sasko 7, Lawson 6, Z. Rutherford 6.