By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — The Corbin Redhounds remained perfect in 50th District play Friday after knocking off Whitley County at home, 68-52.
Hunter Grubb led the way for the Redhounds with a 22-point effort, knocking down five three-pointers in the process.
Though the atmosphere made the gameseem like it was a close one throughout, Corbin had a 19-point lead in the second quarter and led by as much as 17 points in the fourth, but never seemed to put the game away. After the win, Redhound coach Tony Pietrowski said his team needed to do a better job of closing teams out when they have leads that large.
“We extended the lead a couple times and I thought we played really well in spurts tonight,” Pietrowski said. “We’ve got to do a better job because it seems like when we get into that 15 to 20 point range, we lose movement offensively and we probably don’t play quite as hard in the defensive end and that’s something I’ve been harping on with this team.
“It’s hard when you’re up 20 to keep that same mental approach that you used to get that lead,” he added. “So many times you’ve seen a team lose a big lead and momentum change, but I’m really happy with my team tonight overall.”
Corbin jumped out to a 10-4 lead early in the first quarter before closing the period with an 18-13 lead.
The Redhounds continued to shoot well in the second period, connecting on eight-of-twelve shot attempts in the quarter and 15-of-24 in the first half, to extend their lead to 37-24 at halftime.
The Redhounds were able to stretch the lead again in the third quarter, outscoring Whitley County 15-13 en route to a 52-37 lead as the period came to a close.
Whitley County was led by Michael Powers’ 21-point effort, while Luke Woods added 10.
The Redhounds used a 16-15 fourth-quarter effort to seal the 68-52 victory. The Colonels dropped to 5-12 on the regular season and 0-2 in 50th District play after the loss, while Corbin improved to 13-5 overall and 3-0 against 50th District foes.
Corbin 68, Whitley Co. 52
Whitley Co. 13 11 13 15 52
Corbin 18 19 15 16 68
Whitley Co. (52) – Powers 21, Woods 10, D. Rutherford 6, Z. Rutherford 6, Hale 5, Lawson 4.
Corbin (68) – Grubb 22, Farley 15, Goins 11, Igo 10, Maguet 7, Henson 2, Waddle 1.
Corbin knocks off Colonels in district battle
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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