By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
WILLIAMSBURG — Patrick Robinson’s Williamsburg Yellow Jackets stopped a three-game skid by knocking down nine three-pointers while hitting 21-of-30 shot attempts from the charity stripe during their 84-64 win over Garrard County.
Guards Skylar Griffith and Corey Shelton showed up in a big way by combining to score 57 points during the 20-point win. Griffith led all scorers with 30 points while hitting five three-pointers and finishing with a seven-of-nine effort from the free-throw line.
Shelton scored 27 points and finished the game with four three-pointers while teammate Dalton Sizemore added a 16-point effort.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” Robinson said. “I thought everyone contributed a great deal. We shot the ball well, but I was more pleased with the intensity and the effort that our team showed. The guys responded to the coaching staff really challenging them and demanding more effort and it showed tonight. I’m really proud of our guys.”
The Yellow Jackets (2-3) got off to a fast start in the first quarter, thanks to the shooting of Griffith. He scored 13 points while hitting three three-pointers to give his team a 22-16 edge at the end of the period.
Shelton added seven points in the second quarter as Williamsburg’s lead grew to a commanding 42-25 edge.
The Yellow Jackets sealed the deal in the second half by coming through at the free-throw line, connecting on 15-of-19 during the final 16 minutes of play.
Williamsburg 84, Garrard County 64
Garrard County 16 9 17 22 64
Williamsburg 22 20 17 25 84
Garrard County (64) — Clutchfield 13, McPherson 1, Abney 22, Teague 2, Ray 2, Smith 10, Sebastion 12, Woods 2.
Williamsburg (84) — Shelton 27, Griffith 30, Lowrie 4, Sizemore 16, Poore 4, Jeffers 1, Hamblin 2.
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.
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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
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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