By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CLAY COUNTY — Jeff Davis’ South Laurel Cardinals are playing the top teams in the 13th Region close, but they just can’t get the win.
That was the case Tuesday, as Clay County managed to hold on and defeat South Laurel, 69-62.
The win improved the Tigers to 17-6 on the season while extending their win streak to six games while the Cardinals fall to 10-13 and now has lost two games in a row.
Davis’ squad hung tough throughout the contest, as Clay County led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and 25-24 at halftime.
The Tigers built themselves a 46-40 edge going into the fourth quarter before Tyler McDaniel scored 10 of his 12 points during the game's final eight minutes to wrap-up the win.
Clay County 69, South Laurel 62
South Laurel 11 13 16 22 62
Clay Co. 15 10 21 23 69
South Laurel (62) — Slavey 8, Rader 5, Sanders 8, Baxter 14, Schaser 2, Miller 4, Grubb 6, Vandeventer 3, Jones 12.
Clay County (69) — McDaniel 12, Reed 7, Rice 10, Lyttle 16, Bowling 10, Wolfe 5, Smith 9.
By Les Dixon / 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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