By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
CORBIN — Coming into Wenesday’s 13th Region title game against Oneida Baptist Institute, Corbin head coach Armando Cima said he expected a tough contest against what he called a much-improved Mountaineers team.
Cima got exactly what he expected and it took a goal by Lucas Canineu with less than 10:00 to play in the contest to decide the outcome as the Redhounds won their second straight 13th Region Championship.
The win means Corbin will hit the road Monday as they travel to the face the winner of the 16th Region Championship game between Ashland Blazer and Boyd County.
Despite needing a late goal to pull out the win and avoid the game going to penalty kicks, Cima gave his team credit to making adjustments as Oneida Baptist stuck with its game plan throughout the entire contest.
“They came in with a good plan and it was obvious that they were trying to mark Lucas and Tulio (Canineu) out of the game,” Cima said. “To the boys' credit, they did well in that situation and handled the pressure.
“They did a good job of not only handling the pressure of what was going on in the game, but the pressure of the situation overall here at their home field,” he added.
Corbin took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Tulio Canineu scored on a penalty kick after he was fouled inside the box with 21:20 to play in the half.
All was silent until OBI’s Itune Liwani scored with 20:06 to play in the contest to tie the score at 1-1.
It looked as though the match could go to penalty kicks until Lucas Canineu found a hole amongst a group of OBI defenders with 9:28 to play, giving the Redhounds all the room they needed.
Corbin is not stranger to success at home, having won its opening round game in last year’s state tournament in the form of a 3-1 win over Perry Central.
Cima said being able to win a region title at home made the feat extra special and compared Wednesday’s win with last year’s experience.
“We were able to pick up a win last year in the state tournament and this is right there with that,” Cima said. “Punching that ticket is something you want to do every season, so to be able to do it at home is great.”
Redhounds headed back to state tournament after 2-1 win over OBI
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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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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