By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
With the regular season set to get underway next week, area teams were able to see their first action against an actual opponent this week, as opposed to going head-to-head in practice.
The Corbin Redhounds were busy this week as they hosted Harlan for a Tuesday evening affair and followed that up by traveling to face Perry County Central on Wednesday.
With those games in the books and no solid score to speak of, Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski said while he was pleased with some of what he saw, he admitted there was still some work to do.
“We kind of tied both scrimmages in together and used them as teaching tools and hot a long of different things on film,” he said. “As a coaching staff we’ll go in and look at these games and see what we need to work on.
“I was pleased with our effort and I feel like there are a lot of things to work on, but I also feel like the kids are already working hard in those areas we need to improve on,” he added. “Given the fact they are willing to get better, I’m happy with them so far.”
As for finally being able to face someone other than their own teammates, Pietrowski said seeing his team respond to actual opposition was a relief for he and his coaching staff.
“It’s the time of the year where it was getting to be a grind in practice because they know each other so well,” he said. “Our team learned a lot about themselves and our coaching staff learned a lot about our kids.
“In the end it was two really good scrimmages and like I said, I think we can take a lot of things from them that will make us better,” he added.
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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