By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
BARBOURVILLE — It didn’t take long for the Barbourville Tigers to take care of business on their home court in the opening game of the 2013-2014 campaign.
The Tigers had an easy night at the office and easily defeated the Jellico Blue Devils 85-43.
Barbourville was prepared for action on Tuesday as the Tigers were nothing less than what would normally be expected from a Dinky Phipps-coached basketball squad.
Jellico posed no threat to the Tigers. Barbourville controlled the tempo by utilizing speed, ball handling, effective shot selection, rebounding, and points off turnovers to put the game out of hand in the first quarter.
Phipps went to his bench early in the contest as the Tigers led 21-4 at the end of the first quarter of play. Barbourville’s balanced scoring attack would become evident.
“I’m very pleased,” said Phipps. “We came out real well tonight and we attacked the goal.
“I thought it was a total team effort. I’m very proud of my kids,” “They all done what they had to do to win and I’m very proud of them.”
Barbourville 85, Jellico, Tenn. 43
Barbourville 21 25 20 19 - 85
Jellico, Tenn. 4 17 16 6 - 43
Barbourville (85) - J. Mills 19, Phipps 14, Gray 11, Eldridge 9, Grubb 9, Perry 9, Liford 8, Rose 4, Moore 2,
Jellico, Tenn. (43) - Bowlin 18, Marlow 7, Cross 5, Hale 4, Bruck 3, Hunky 3, Gerber 3.
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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