By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels can’t seem to catch a break. After missing out on a chance to win against Williamsburg at the buzzer Monday, a turnover after Middlesboro’s lead had been trimmed to 66-63 with 9.8 seconds to play send Jerry Overbey’s squad to its 18th loss of the season as they fell, 69-63.
Overbey said he was pleased with the way his team came out and played after Monday’s loss, but admitted that bad possessions and the inability to take control doomed the Colonels in the end.
“We came out with some intensity and we did that last night, but we just had some bad possessions in key situations,” Overbey said. “We made some bad passes and just turned the ball over, but they were doing that on the other end also.
“What it comes down to is we just didn’t grab the bridle as they say and take control,” he added.
The Colonels trailed 62-53 late in the fourth when a 10-4 run trimmed the gap to 66-63 thanks to a Devin Rutherford rebound and put-back with 34.6 seconds to play in the game.
The Colonels tried to extend the game by fouling Middlesboro’s Blake Davis, sending him to the free throw line with a chance to make it a two-possession game.
Davis missed both free throws, setting the Colonels up with a chance to tie the game as time wound down.
The Colonels couldn’t find a lane to the basket, nor could they get free for a three-pointer before giving in to the pressure defense of the Yellow Jackets.
Middlesboro’s Austin Poindexter recovered an errant pass by Luke Woods and dribbled the length of the court before a layup and foul put Middlesboro on top 69-63.
Powers led the way for Whitley County with 18 points, while Boston Bryant added 14 in the loss.
The Colonels will be back in action Friday when they travel to Pineville.
Middlesboro 69, Whitley County 63
Middlesboro 18 12 15 24 69
Whitley County 12 12 15 24 63
Middlesboro (69) – Poindexter 15, Foister 15, Wilson 13, Davis 12, Riddle 8, Smith 4, Bowling 2.
Whitley County (63) – Powers 18, Bryant 14, D. Rutherford 8, Sasko 8, Lawson 6, Woods 6, Foley 2, Z. Rutherford 1.
Middlesboro hands Whitley County 69-63 loss on Senior Night
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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