TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Les Dixon / Staff Writer
KNOX CENTRAL — Barbourville coach Dinky Phipps wanted his players to attack the goal early and often and they did just that during their 79-54 win over Pineville in semifinal action of the 51st District Tournament Wednesday.
The Tigers were led by Wade Liford’s 22-point, 13-rebound effort while Brent Perry added 18 points during their 25-point rout.
“I wanted us to attack the goal, and I thought we did a good job of doing that,” Phipps said. “Brently and Wade did a great job scoring for us out there. They really scored big for us and Wade also did a great job rebounding the ball. Jason (Mills) also played well for us, too and our bench did a great job.”
“We were able to build an early lead, and that helped us get comfortable,” he added. “I thought taking a 41-21 lead at halftime allowed us to take some pressure off of us.”
Barbourville (18-11) will now face-off against rival Knox Central (18-9) in the 51st District title game Friday.
The two teams met earlier in the season with the Panthers pulling off a 69-57 win on Jan. 8.
“The big thing is that we’re in the region tournament now, and we’re going to have to go up against probably the best team in the region Friday in the district title game,” Phipps said. “We’ll be ready to play, and we’ll see what happens. I know we had great fan support tonight, and it really helped us tonight.”
After missing its first two shots of the first quarter, Barbourville took control by connecting on eight of its first 13 shots during the period. Perry knocked down three three-pointers while Wade Liford added four points to give the Tigers a 20-12 edge.
Phipps’ squad continued to control throughout the game during the second quarter, and held a 28-19 edge with 3:37 left in the first half before putting together a 13-2 run that put the game away for Barbourville.
After seeing Jason Mills score four points early in the period, Perry got the hot hand again and scored 10 of the Tigers’ 13 points during the run. His old-fashioned three-point play late in the quarter gave his team a 41-21 cushion heading into halftime.
Barbourville connected on 16-of-31 shot attempts from the floor during the first two quarters and only had two turnovers while forcing Pineville (10-19) into five miscues and eight-of-25 shooting from the floor.
Despite misfiring on their first six shots to begin the second half, the Tigers managed to build onto their lead. Liford continued to dominate in the paint, scoring Barbourville’s six points of the third quarter while finishing with eight in the period.
The Tigers only hit on five-of-18 shot attempts during the quarter, but managed to take a 57-35 edge into the fourth quarter before wrapping up the win. Barbourville finished the game hitting 29-of-63 shot attempts while Pineville turned in a 21-of-57 effort.
Barbourville 79, Barbourville 54
Pineville 12 9 14 19 – 54
Barbourville 20 21 16 22 – 79
Pineville (54) – Byrd 3, Longworth 2, Collett 22, Woolum 1, Ford 12, Bruce 2, Adams 4, Robbins 1, Sproles 3, Shackleford 4.
Barbourville (79) – Mills 16, Moore 7, Perry 18, Liford 22, Eldridge 8, Rose 3, Peyton 7.