By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
NORTH LAUREL — The North Laurel Jaguars opened their portion of the 2012 Legacy Nissan in style Thursday, cruising to an 82-64 win over Garrard County.
The win means the Jaguars will face off against 13th Region neighbor Whitley County in one of Friday night’s semifinal games.
The return of North Laurel big man Jake Allen proved to be a big plus for the Jaguars as he and Marcus Carson led the way in the scoring column with 16 points apiece.
After the game, North Laurel coach Brad Sizemore talked about the win and being able to move on in the tournament.
“It was good to get a win and advance in the tournament,” he said. “I thought we played a really good second half and looked really sharp on both ends of the floor.
“This was a great team effort and a good team win for us,” he added.
The Jaguars also got double-digit efforts from Kendrick Henson (11), Peyton Broughton (10) and Austin Thompson (10) in the win.
The Jaguars will play Whitley County today at 7 p.m. at North Laure High School.
North Laurel 82, Garrard County 64
Garrard Co. NA
North Laurel 14 26 19 23 82
Garrard Co. (64) – NA
North Laurel (82) – Allen 16, Carson 16, Henson 11, Thompson 10, Broughton 10, Jervis 7, Rush 5, Asher 5, House 2.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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.
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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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