By John Stepp For The Times-Tribune
BARBOURVILLE — Despite losing six seniors off last year's 23-win team, the Barbourville Tigers picked up where they left off, capturing their first district win of the season with a 51-48 win over the Pineville Mountain Lions.
“Coming into the season we knew it would be a rough year because we lost six seniors to graduation, and only returned one player with a lot of game experience,” said Barbourville Coach Dinky Phipps. “But this team has done everything I've asked them to do. They won't quit”
The Tigers controlled the game in the first half, jumping out to a 24-18 lead at halftime. But Pineville came out on fire in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points of the second half, taking a two point lead. The teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of third period, and headed into the fourth quarter all tied up a 35-35.
Barbourville opened the final quarter with a three-point basket by senior forward Zach Strong followed by a put back from senior guard Devon Mills, to give the Tigers a 40-35 lead. The Mountain Lions continued to claw back throughout the quarter, but could never take back the lead, falling 51-48.
The Tigers were led in the scoring column by Mills who finished with a game-high 21 points, followed by Strong with 12 points.
Barbourville 51, Pineville 48
Barbourville 13 11 11 16 51
Pineville 9 9 17 13 48
Barbourville (51) - Mills 21, Strong 12, Tanner Moore 8, Jason Mills 7, Alexander Phipps 3.
Pineville (48) - Asher 17, Collett 14, Jacob Skinner 8, John Simpson 7, Jared Philpot 2.
By John Stepp 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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