By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — The Corbin Redhounds reached the 20-win mark for the seventh time in 10 seasons with a 78-69 win over Rockcastle County Thursday, improving them to 20-6 on the year.
Corbin’s seniors came up big on Senior Night for head coach Tony Pietrowski, accounting for 55 of Corbin’s 78 points, while Hunter Grubb led the way with a 24-point effort, knocking down four 3-pointers in the process. Robbie Igo added 18 points and Kevin Goins chipped in 10.
Afterward Pietrowski commended his team for hanging tough and gave Grubb credit for his stellar play when it counted most.
“We lose the game without Hunter (Grubb),” Pietrowski said. “He hit two threes when we were kind of rattled because they stifled us defensively.
“We had a few bad possessions and we were really back on our heels,” he added. “Like he’s done all season, Hunter made a few big shots that got us back on track and went ahead and propelled us to the win.”
Rockcastle grabbed a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Corbin outscored the Rockets 18-10 in the second period to lead 30-23 at halftime.
A 25-20 third period extended the Redhounds’ lead to 55-43 with eight minutes to play. Rockcastle County’s Ashton Arvin sparked the Rockets’ comeback in the late stages of the game, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the final period.
The spark Arvin provided was not enough in the end as the Redhounds pulled away late to earn the 78-69 win.
Corbin 78, Rockcastle Co. 69
Rockcastle Co. 13 10 20 26 69
Corbin 12 18 25 23 78
Rockcastle Co. (69) – Mason 19, Arvin 18, Allen 9, Pensol 6, Wilson 6, Mullins 6, McPhetridge 5.
Corbin (78) – Grubb 24, Igo 18, Goins 10, Hill 9, Maguet 7, Farley 6, Henson 4.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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