By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
LYNN CAMP — The Eric Swords era started off on the right foot, as his Lynn Camp Wildcats rallied in fine fashion to knock off Burgin Tuesday, 62-49.
The Wildcats (1-0) trailed by four points (39-35) entering the fourth quarter and used an impressive press to get back in the game while wrapping up the 13-point victory by outscoring the Bulldogs 27-10 during the game's final eight minutes.
“We got ahead 10-2 in the first quarter, but we hit a spot and got tired,” Swords said. “We let them get the momentum. We just missed a lot of easy shots in the first half.”
Burgin led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter and 25-22 at halftime before seeing the Wildcat press begin to take its toll on the Bulldogs midway through the third quarter.
“They beat us up on the boards early and that kept them in it,” Sword said. “We pressed most of the game, and we started picking it up with about four minutes left in the third quarter.”
Skylar McFarland led the Wildcats with 21 points while Austin Withrow added 11. Justin Hammonds scores nine points and collected seven steals.
Lynn Camp 62, Burgin 49
Burgin 16 9 14 10 - 49
Lynn Camp 12 10 12 27 - 62
Burgin (49) - Deckerson 11, Myers 10, Price 9, Makenzie 8, Lopresto 8, Osborne
Lynn Camp (62) - McFarland 21, Withrow 11, Hammonds 9, Hopkins 6, Allen 4,
Wilson 3, Jones 2, Elliott 2.
By Les Dixon For the Times-Tribune
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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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