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March 10, 2014

Like It or Not

Chris Parsons

CORBIN — Just like the little engine that could, the Corbin Redhounds just keep plugging along, no matter who keeps telling them they aren't going to win. I picked against the Redhounds Friday as they faced Jackson County, but to be honest, I should have known After all this is postseason basketball in Kentucky and as we all know, anything can happen.

A lot of people, including this publication, had Jackson County pegged as the team to beat for most of this season, but for whatever reason, the Generals couldn't live up to the expectations of a lot of people.

Once again Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski has gotten the absolute most effort possible out of his team every time they have taken the floor this season. Corbin may have lost some games, including the first-ever five game skid under Pietrowski earlier this season, but the team has never once quit. If you know Pietrowski and remember him from his playing days as a Redhound, you'll be quick to admit that this team has taken on that personality that its head coach had while he was wearing the No. 23 jersey.

Next up for Corbin is a tough test in a Bell County team that Pietrowski admitted man-handled his squad on their home court earlier in the season. Now, if I was writing a script for a basketball movie, I would definitely write-in a postseason showdown against a team that had beaten my team earlier in the season. When you think about it, Corbin will most likely go in to this game with the mind-set that they aren't supposed to win because like they've been told most of this season, they aren't supposed to win. Yet somehow the Redhounds keep finding a way to win.

Somehow, some way, the Redhounds came out on top again Friday night against Jackson County. While the crowd was on its feet as time wound down, somehow I can't help but think that the only people that weren't surprised by the win were the kids wearing those Corbin jerseys on the Redhounds' bench. I guess the popular thing to do is tell the Redhounds they can't win. I don't think they care who they prove wrong at this point. They just want to prove everybody wrong.

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