By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
ROCKCASTLE COUNTY — Brad Sizemore’s North Laurel Jaguars were in need of a win before making a trip to play the red-hot Harlan County Bears today and they got it, as Austin Thompson’s shot at the buzzer gave his team a 48-46 win against Rockcastle County Tuesday.
“I think our effort is there and again, we all know we’re a little shorthanded right now, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse because we’re trying to use this now, so it can benefit us down the road. You can tell a lot of young kids in different spots are getting a lot of good things.”
North Laurel (3-2), who is still without last year’s leading scorer in Jake Allen, struggled offensively during the first three quarters (connected on only 13-of-30 shot attempts) before heating up to begin the fourth quarter.
Trailing 38-31, the Jaguars knocked down their first five shot attempts and went on a 12-2 run that allowed them to take a 43-40 edge with 5:20 left in regulation.
The Rockets battled back and tied the game with a three-pointer with 1:31 left, but Thompson’s basket after a missed shot by Marcus Carson sealed the deal for North Laurel.
“For Austin to come in and hit that big shot is big for us and great for him,” Sizemore said. “He stayed with it because the ball came to him and he made the shot. We’re kind of small right now and scrap on every possession and he did that.”
The Jaguars finished the game with 16 turnovers while connecting on 20-of-42 shot attempts from the floor, including a 7-of-19 effort from three-point range.
North Laurel will try to pick up another big win today on the road against unbeaten Harlan County.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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