By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
CORBIN — Gilliam Gymnasium had a tournament-like atmosphere Tuesday night as the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Jackson County Generals, 75-73, in the opening game of the season for both teams.
The unlikely hero for the game, 8th grader Andrew Taylor, slashed to the basket for the game winning shot as time expired to give Corbin the edge. Taylor finished with 19 points in his varsity debut.
Entering the game, Jackson County was the heavy favorite, led by senior guard Jordan Fox and junior forward Isaiah Collier. Fox didn’t disappoint in the matchup, finishing with 31 points, but fouled out with :30 remaining in the game. Collier finished with 12 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute.
Jackson County looked to be in control early, but Corbin responded quickly, finishing the first quarter on a 16-4 run and taking a 16-9 lead heading into the second quarter.
Redhound guard Trevor Browning helped jumpstart Corbin in the quarter with eight points, including back-to-back threes.
“Welcome back to high school basketball. What a great night to come out and watch two really good teams. Execution, at times, was missing, but I felt like there was effort on both sides of the ball,” Corbin Coach Tony Pietrowski said. “I thought both teams played really hard and kids stepped up individually and made a lot of big plays in the game.”
Corbin continued to control the game in the second quarter. This time it was Taylor who kept the Redhounds in the driver’s seat, scoring nine points in the period. Every time the Generals looked to make a run, Corbin quickly extended the lead. The Redhounds led 36-25 at the half.
“I’m proud of my kids. I thought we played really well. We came in and executed early and were able to gap them,” said Pietrowski. “We’re inexperienced. We’re playing a lot of kids who haven’t been asked to do things in those situations, under that pressure, but they hung tough and made enough plays.”
Corbin (1-0) will return to action Friday, taking on Letcher Central at Clay County in the Big Red Shootout.
Corbin 75, Jackson County 73
Corbin 16 20 18 19 - 75
Jackson Co. 9 16 21 27 - 73
Corbin (75) – Goins 28, Taylor 19, Browning 13, Taylor Waddle 6, Connor Hopkins 6, Bayley Rice 2, Tanner Barnes 1.
Jackson County (73) – Fox 31, Collie 12, Hammons 10, Zach Lawson 7, Seth Bingham 6, Will Neeley 4, Jacob Hays 3.
Corbin knocks off Jackson County, 75-73, on last-second shot
By John Stepp 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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