By Les Dixon / For the Times-Tribune
BARBOURVILLE — Dinky Phipps' Barbourville Tigers got off on the right foot in 51st District play by upending Lynn Camp with ease Friday, 77-35.
The Tigers were led by Brent Perry's 18-point scoring effort, as the hot-shooting guard scored 14 points in the first quarter.
Jason Mills also reached double figures with 17 points while Brandon Gray added 11.
“I'm proud of my team for coming out and doing what we needed to do,” Barbourville coach Dinky Phipps said. “All in all, I'm proud of them.
“We came out and shot the ball well in the first quarter and took control of the game,” he added. “I wish we could have defended better, but overall, I'm pleased.”
The Tigers jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the first quarter thanks to an 8-of-15 shooting effort from the floor, while Lynn Camp struggled offensively, turning the ball over four times while hitting on only five-of-18 shot attempts.
Barbourville continued its torrid pace of shooting in the second quarter by connecting on nine-of-14 shot attempts and 17-of-28 in the first half, propelling its lead to 49-14 in the process at halftime.
The Wildcats continued to struggle, connecting on only 2-of-11 shot attempts during the period and seven-of-29 during the first half.
Phipps' squad outscored Lynn Camp 13-9 during the third quarter while cooling down to a five-of-12 shooting effort.
“We came out kind of sluggish in the third quarter and didn't hit many shots,” Phipps said.
Barbourville wrapped the game up in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 42-point win.
“The big thing is that we won a district game,” Phipps said. “You don't want to finish last in the district.
“We also want to be prepared for the rest of our district games, and the All 'A' coming up,” he added. “We did a good job tonight.”
Justin Hammonds led the Wildcats in scoring with nine points.
Barbourville 77, Lynn Camp 35
Lynn Camp 10 4 9 12 – 35
Barbourville 24 25 13 15 – 77
Lynn Camp (35) — Hammonds 9, McFarland 7, Hollin 2, Elliot 7, Jones 6, Lespano 4.
Barbourville (77) — Phipps 7, J. Mills 17, Moore 5, Gray 11, Perry 18, Liford 6, Grubb 6, K. Gray 2, Deaton 2, Mills 3.
Tigers cruise past Lynn Camp in district showdown
By Les Dixon / 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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