By Chris Parsons
KNOX CENTRAL — Sunday’s 13th Region All-Star games were a who’s-who of standouts from the 2012-13 high school season and the scores proved it.
Played at Knox Central High School and organized by the 13th Region Basketball Coaches Association, the games gave outgoing seniors one last shot at showing off their skills and the underclassmen an opportunity to let fans know what they have to look forward to next season.
The Away team (dark jerseys) ran away with the senior game by a score of 111-84, while the Home team (white jerseys) grabbed the win in the underclassmen game 128-116.
Local teams dominated the scoring in the senior game as Corbin’s Zac Farley paced the Away team with 16 points. North Laurel’s Austin Rush scored 14 for the Away team, highlighted by a pair of rare three-pointers from the big man and a one-handed slam on a put-back attempt.
Whitley County’s Michael Powers scored 12 and Corbin’s Hunter Grubb and Robbie Igo added 10 and eight, respectively, for the Away team.
Lynn Camp’s Zach Smith and Barbourville’s Devon Mills each scored a team high 14 points for the Home team. Knox Central’s Tobie Merida made himself at home, connecting for a pair of three-pointers, accounting for all six of his points.
The Away team led from the early going, as they jumped out to a 18-6 lead. They went on to lead 58-37 at halftime, thanks to 13 points from Farley in the half.
The Away team used a 15-2 run to start the second half, extending the lead to 73-39 in the first five minutes of the half, before cruising to the 111-84 win.
• Underclassmen game
Home 128, Away 116
The tables were turned in the underclassmen game, with the Home team picking up a hard-fought 128-116 win.
Williamsburg’s Skylar Griffith was hitting on all cylinders for the Home team, knocking down nine three-pointers for a game-high 27 points. Harlan County’s Tyler Miller wasn’t far behind with a 24-point effort.
Knox Central’s Jeffrey Adams paced the Away team with 14 points, connecting on four three-pointers in the game. The Panthers' Matthew Barger added 11 for the Away team, while Dustin Hensley scored 9.
The Away team led 68-62 at halftime, but the hot shooting of Griffith helped the Home team grab a 101-94 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the game. From that point, it was all Home team as it held on for the win.
Away Jerseys 111, Home Jerseys 84
Away 58 53 111
Home 37 47 84
Away (111) – Zac Farley 16, Austin Rush 14, Michael Powers 12, Eric Young 10, Marty Bowling 10, Hunter Grubb 10, Robbie Igo 8, Steven Wagers 8, Stephon Lytlle 7, Kaleb Maguet 6, Marcus Carson 6, Blake Sanders 3, Matt Slavey 2.
Home (84) – Zach Smith 14, Devon Mills 14, Tyler Brewer 13, Seth Jeffrey 9, Tobie Merida 6, Aaron Caldwell 5, John Simpson 4, Alex Sergent 5, Jacob Skinner 3, Matt Trosper 3, Chad Massingill 4.
Home Jerseys 128, Away Jerseys 116
Away 68 48 116
Home 62 66 128
Away (116) – Jeffrey Adams 14, Tyler McDaniel 14, Matthew Barger 11, Zach Lawson 10, Dustin Hensley 9, Jacob Hammons 7, Tanner Moore 5, Jason Mills 5, Peyton Broughton 4, Jordan Fox 3, Alexander Phipps 3.
Home (128) – Skylar Griffith 27, Tyler Miller 24, Tyler Potter 17, Austin Poindexter 16, Donnie Foister14, Drew Parks 11, Zach Baxter 9, Corey Shelton 5, John Asher 4, Isaiah Johnson 4, Kevin Goins 1.
13th Region lets stars shine at annual all-star event
By Chris Parsons
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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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