By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
PINEVILLE — Corbin's five-game losing skid came to an end on Friday night as the Redhounds departed Pineville with a 72-36 win.
The victory comes at a good time for the Redhounds as they get set for two key district battles with Williamsburg and Whitley County, respectively.
“We needed a win, plain and simple,” Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski said. “I thought our effort was really good on the defensive side of the ball and I thought that kind of charged us in to playing better offensively.
“I thought our movement was better and anytime you can do that, you get better looks and that's something we needed to see as a team and hopefully it will continue,” he added.
The Redhounds utilized its full court pressure to create several points off turnovers in the opening quarter. Corbin's Andrew Taylor sparked the offense with 11 points and led the Redhounds in scoring by the end of the first period.
Pineville stayed close as Conner Ford's six points, along with a pair of three-point baskets by John Robbins and Tony Hoskins, kept the Mountain Lions within reach. Corbin maintained a 17-14 lead after the first quarter.
Defensive pressure created additional scoring opportunities for Corbin in the second quarter. The Corbin defense held Pineville to only five points in the period en route to a 31-19 halftime lead.
The lead was never in jeopardy as Pietrowski went to his bench and allowed all Redhound players to enter the contest by the final quarter. The 36-point win was Corbin's largest margin of victory of the year.
Corbin 72, Pineville 36
Corbin 17 14 16 25 – 72
Pineville 14 5 8 9 – 36
Corbin (72) – A. Taylor 18, Goins 11, Waddle 9, Shelton 8, Maguet 8, Hopper 5, Garrison 5, Moore, 3, Barnes 2, Johnson 2, S. Taylor 1.
Pineville (36) – Ford 8, Longworth 8, Hoskins 6, Ledbetter 5, Adams 3, Robbins 3, Sproles 3.
By Dan Connell / 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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