By Les Dixon / For the Times-Tribune
CORBIN — Corbin and South Laurel hooked up in another 50th District classic Tuesday with the Cardinals overcoming a six-point second-half deficit to knock off the Redhounds in overtime, 65-62.
The win improved the Cardinals to 10-9 overall, but more importantly 4-1 against the 50th District competition, as Jeff Davis' squad also captured its fifth win in a row during the process.
“I thought our guys did a good job tonight,” South Laurel coach Jeff Davis said. “The last two to three weeks we've been mentally strong, and going into this game, I told them we controlled our own destiny.”
A win over Williamsburg at home on Feb. 13 will allow the Cardinals to wrap-up the 50th District's top seed.
“We just need to take care of us,” Davis said. “I'm just really, really proud of them. They kept playing hard. It's been a while since we've come down here and won.”
South Laurel's three-point win snapped a six-game road losing skid to Corbin. The last time the Cardinals won on the Redhounds' home floor was back on Jan. 22, 2008, when former coach Steve Wright's squad beat Corbin, 61-35.
“We've grown up a bit, but let's not sugarcoat it,” Davis added. “Corbin was without one of its best players (Trevor Browning), and if he had played, it would have been a different game. I thought Tony (Pietrowski) done a good job coaching. If he's not the best coach in the region, he's one of the best. I know he makes me a better coach.”
The loss drops Corbin to 11-9 on the season and 2-2 in 50th District play. It was also the Redhounds' fourth loss in a row. The last time Pietrowski's Redhounds lost four in a row was back in 2002.
“We just didn't rebound well,” Pietrowski said. “I thought they really hurt us on the glass. I thought that was the difference in the game.”
With that said, Pietrowski said he believes his team could be heading in the right direction.
“We're close,” he said. “The effort was a step in he right direction. We just got to keep moving forward. It's been a long time since we've lost four in a row.”
Things looked good for Corbin early, as Kevin Goins scored 10 points in the first eight minutes, giving his team a 14-10 edge, despite seeing the Redhounds connect on only three-of-13 shot attempts.
Corbin's lead grew to five points (24-19) midway through the second quarter before the South Laurel duo of Zac Baxter and Jared Grubb got their team back in the game.
Both players scored five points apiece during the period, while Brennan Miller's three-pointer to close out the half cut the Cardinals' deficit to 28-27.
It looked as if Corbin was going to pull away in the third quarter after consecutive old-fashioned three-point plays by Goins and Andrew Taylor gave the Redhounds a 38-33 edge at the 4:28 mark.
Corbin's lead grew to six points (42-36) with 2:48 remaining before seeing Grubb knock down a three-pointer while Baxter scored five straight points to cut the Redhounds' edge to 48-44 going into the fourth quarter.
Goins' three-pointer with 6:04 left in regulation gave the Redhounds a 51-46 edge before seeing a basket by Brennan spurn a 6-0 run that saw the Cardinals grab a 52-51 lead at the 3:40 mark.
The lead changed hands a couple of times when Grubb's lay-up at the :45 mark gave his team a 56-55 edge.
South Laurel's Baxter added two free throws with :20 remaining to give his team a 58-55 lead, but Goins knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
South Laurel scored first to open the overtime period, and never looked back, as Corbin shot one-of-four from the floor during the extra period, including misfiring two-of-five free throws attempts.
The Cardinals wrapped, as Grubb hit a free throw with :11 left in the game.
The Redhounds' Goins led al scorers with 31 points while Baxter led the Cardinals with 26 points while Grubb added 20.
South Laurel 65, Corbin 62 OT
South Laurel 10 17 17 14 7 – 65
Corbin 14 14 20 10 4 – 62
South Laurel (65) – Grubb 2, B. Miller 5, Baxter 26, Grubb 20, Holcomb 6, Helton 6.
Corbin (62) – Goins 31, Shelton 4, Waddle 9, Taylor 12, Hopper 4, Maguet 2.