TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

March 10, 2014

The way It Is


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are in unfamiliar territory while the Clay County Tigers seem at home.

Yep, I’m talking about the 13th Region Boys Tournament semifinals.

The Yellow Jackets will try to pull off their third upset in their past four games when they hook up with the Tigers today. Williamsburg upended many fans’ region tournament favorite Thursday when they knocked off Knox Central.

Now the Yellow Jackets face the tough task of trying to beat the defending 13th Region champions.

Patrick Robinson knows the tough task his team will face today.

“Clay County is a very good team,” Robinson said. “They are athletic, they can put up major numbers on the boards and we are fully aware of all of those things.”

Williamsburg is going to try to slow down a Clay County team that is quite possibly coming off their best performance of the season.

The Tigers shot better than 50 percent during their 83-32 whipping of Middlesboro in first round action on Thursday. Four different players scored in double figures with Jake Allen leading the way with 15 points and seven rebounds.

“We are gonna have to play really good basketball and continue to hustle like we have been doing the past three or four weeks,” Robinson said. “Always a key against a Clay County team is rebounding well.

“We have to do a really good job at limiting them on second chance opportunities,” he added. “This is a very exciting time for the community and our school and I am really proud of the way our kids are playing and how well they are representing our school.”

The Tigers will have to find a way to slow down a Williamsburg team that is peaking at the right time.

The Yellow Jackets have been a different team on both offense and defense since the return of junior guard Skylar Griffith. With players such as Andrew Griffith, Corey Shelton and company, Clay County could have its hands full, too.

Who will win?

The defending 13th Region champs are favored, but you never know what can happen once March Madness begins.