By Dan Connell For The Times Tribune
LYNN CAMP — Winners of its last four out of five games, the Lynn Camp Wildcats returned home to face Middlesboro on Monday night. The Yellow Jackets eliminated Lynn Camp from the All 'A' Classic earlier in the season and once again, Austin Poindexter led Middlesboro to their second win against Lynn Camp on the season by a final score of 83-70. Coach Eric Swords commented on his team's effort following the contest.
“I thought our effort was good,” Swords said. “We didn't rotate back in transition a couple of times and it got them going. I thought we battled back great there in the second half.
“We cut it to five at one time and had a couple of chances, but it seemed like anytime we would cut into the lead, Poindexter or Foister would make a big play,” he added.
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of several first-half turnovers by Lynn Camp, scoring on several of the Wildcat miscues. Middlesboro utilized a 23-11 run in the second quarter to pull away from Lynn Camp in the first half. Middlesboro led by as many as 20 points and Poindexter's 14-point scoring effort in the period helped give Middlesboro a 42-25 halftime lead.
Lynn Camp fought back in the third quarter as Skylar McFarland rallied the Wildcats with 11 points in the quarter, capped by a three-point basket at the end of the period, cutting the Middlesboro lead to 53-46.
The Wildcats narrowed the margin to five points on an Austin Allen basket to begin the fourth quarter, but the Yellow Jackets built another run of their own.
Middlesboro went to Poindexter and Foister throughout the final quarter and the lead soon grew to double digits midway through the period. Lynn Camp was unable to catch the Yellow Jackets going down the stretch.
“Those two kids (Poindexter and Foister) are tough to stop,” Swords said. “Foister is as good as any guard in the region, and Poindexter, when he's ready to play, it's hard to keep him off the boards.
“It's about impossible to shut those two down when they want to play,” he added.
Poindexter finished with 37 points on the night for Middlesboro. Skylar McFarland led Lynn Camp with 25 on the evening.
Middlesboro 83, Lynn Camp 70
Middlesboro 19 23 11 30 – 83
Lynn Camp 14 11 21 24 – 70
Middlesboro (83) – Poindexter 37, Foister 22, Hale 14, Prater 6, Edwards 4.
Lynn Camp (70) – McFarland 25, Hammonds 14, Allen 12, Hopkins 5, Tepesano 4, Withrow 4, Taylor 3, Elliott 3.
By Dan Connell 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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