By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — The Corbin Redhounds are coming off one of the most surprising seasons of any team in the 13th Region after finishing 24-7 overall.
When last season started a lot of critics expected the Redhounds to struggle through the season, but somehow head coach Tony Pietrowski found a way to get his team to click, leading to a 50th District Championship after beating South Laurel, 73-66, in the finals.
With his Redhounds on the floor for the summer, Pietrowski is faced with a similar task for the upcoming season and hopes a good summer session will give him and his squad a jump-start toward the same kind of success. He said he and his staff for the most part are still in the evaluation mode as far as what he's looking for out of his players.
“The way we attack is to see what kind of skill set our kids have and figure out what kind of roles they could play for us in the upcoming season,” Pietrowski said. “We want to really see what the kids have to offer and some things that they can kind of come out and do on their own in the early stages.”
A lot like last year's squad, the group returning will be a versatile one, with many options on the floor when it comes to the offensive game. The Redhounds scored at a rate of 69.2 points per game last season, while they allowed 62.9. Pietrowski said he feels like having several different scorers on the floor will be a strength for his upcoming team, just like it was this past season.
“I really think we'll be able to score from a lot of positions,” Pietrowski said. “I feel like we have some kids that are starting to step up and show a little more offensive side of themselves than they have in the past.
“I thought a big key to our success last season was our balance on the floor and I think this group will have a good chance to follow in those footsteps,” he added.
To this point the Redhounds have played several games, but Pietrowski said given the way they've approached games he didn't really want to pass judgment yet. Given the fact it's still early in the summer session and without a lot of structured offense to go by as far as evaluating players, he did say he liked a few of the things he has seen from his kids.
“We've been good in spurts,” Pietrowski said. “We encourage the kids to kind of step out of themselves a little bit and maybe showcase some things that they feel like could help the team somewhere down the road.
“Overall, I'm pleased with our kids and their effort,” he added. “I feel like they've played really hard and that's one of the most important things to us.”
By Chris Parsons / 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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