By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — A week after defeating Barbourville on the road, the Whitley County Colonels returned to Lawson Gymnasium and had no trouble with the Lynn Camp Wildcats.
It was the last home game of 2013 for the Colonels, who handed Lynn Camp its fifth loss of the season by a final score of 79-41.
“I thought our kids came out and played hard,” Whitley County coach Jerry Overbey said. “We got some easy buckets and defensively we were all over the floor. I thought we showed great composure.”
The Colonels jumped out to the early lead, but Lynn Camp stayed within striking distance.
Whitley County led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. Overbey's squad ignited on a 27-point scoring effort in the second period that sparked big plays on both ends of the court.
Whitley County's rebounding was effective throughout the contest and defensive pressure created baskets off turnovers with the Colonel offense scoring from all sections of the court.
James Sasko cashed in for one of the biggest nights of his career with 27 points as the senior led the Colonels, but it was the contribution of several other Colonels that began to weigh heavily on the Wildcats.
Casey Crisologo and Luke Woods found the range from three-point territory during the first half of play. Each finished the night in double figures.
Lynn Camp's Skylar McFarland paced the Lynn Camp offense in the first half as he finished eight points to close out the half, but Whitley County held a 41-22 lead at halftime and the lead continued to grow in the third period.
Again, the Colonels looked to Sasko who continued his big scoring night in the third period. Whitley County utilized its size advantage underneath the basket with rebounding and blocked shots in the third and fourth quarters.
The Wildcats were held to just four points in the final period. Crisologo finished with 15 points and Woods added 12. McFarland led Lynn Camp with 12 points. Nine Colonels reached the scoring column by evening's end. The win sends the Colonels on a two-game winning streak heading into two holiday basketball tournaments during the Christmas break.
“I thought they handled our press real well,” Lynn camp coach Eric Swords said. “They got a couple of easy buckets in transition and got some open threes. We're looking to get better offensively and hopefully we can come around to that.”
Lynn Camp 41, Whitley County 79
Lynn Camp 10 12 15 4 41
Whitley County 14 27 30 8 79
Lynn Camp (41) — McFarland 12, Allen 6, Hammonds 6, Jones 5, Phipps 4, Hopkins 3, Taylor 3, Brown 2.
Whitley County (79) — Ja Sasko 27, Crisologo 15, Woods 12, Ca Johnson 8, Petrey 6, Co Johnson 5, Brooks 2, Jo Sasko 2, Foley 2.
By Dan Connell / 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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