By Jay Compton For the Times-Tribune
PINEVILLE — The Pineville Mountain Lions made it four wins in a row on as they edged Whitley County, 58-56.
Pineville has shown a knack lately of pulling out the close ones and Friday it was senior forward Jacob Skinner hitting six straight free throws over the final 34 seconds to secure the win. All of them were one-and-ones and every one turned out to be important as Whitley’s Zack Rutherford hit a three-pointer from midcourt at the buzzer to set the final.
“Jacob did a great job for us and he’s been coming along. He’s always been one of our top offensive players and he’s picking it up on defense, too,” Mountain Lions coach J.D. Strange said. “He was out after gallbladder surgery and now he’s starting to play more like he can and that’s a big asset to our team. When our kids play together and pull for each other I think we can be really fun to watch.”
Senior center John Simpson led the Lions with 21 points while Skinner finished with 14 and Jared Philpot added nine.
Michael Powers led the Colonels with 16 while Boston Bryant added 15 and Rutherford 11.
“Our group of kids have got a wonderful opportunity in front of them and I just hope they realize it. Whitley County has not got a bad team, they’re very disciplined and they’ve played in a lot of real close games,” Strange said. “We did the right things to win and came out on top. (But) we’ve got to keep getting better and take advantage of the times when we’ve got the ball and make the little things count.”
By Jay Compton 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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