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March 6, 2014

The Way It Is

Les Dixon

CORBIN — With four girls games finished in the 13th Region Tournament, now it’s time to switch things around a bit, and focus on the boys tournament.

Two of the top teams in the region will be highlighted today when defending 13th Region champion Clay County faces off against Middlesboro, while Knox Central faces Williamsburg.

These two games could turn into blowouts or they could very well come down to a last-second shot.

No, seriously.

I know what many of your are thinking, the Tigers just blitzed Middlesboro a few weeks back, and scored more than 100 points against Russell Thompson’s squad. Well, you’re right, but that’s why they call this time of the year “March Madness”.

With that said, do I believe the Yellow Jackets can pull off the upset?

No. I look for Clay County to catch fire from the inside first, and then start pulling away thanks to its perimeter shooters. This is the time of the year when Chip McDaniel begins to shine, and I believe he’ll do just that.

With that said, I do expect the Knox Central/Williamsburg game to be a bit closer.

Well, actually this could be an upset in the making.

Seriously folks, the Yellow Jackets are better than you think and Knox Central showed this past week if it isn’t playing it’s best ball, it can be beat even though it did manage to pull out a win over Barbourville.

The Panthers’ key to success will be the play of Matt Barger and Chad Marsee. If Barger can get his mid-range jumper to fall, and Marsee establish himself in the post, then it could be a long day for the Yellow Jackets.

But that’s not all.

Brian Evans’ squad will also need solid play by Nate Cole and Dustin Hensley as well, and the “X-Factor” could come down to Jeffrey Adams. When he’s on from the outside Knox Central is tough to beat.

On the flip side though, this Williamsburg team is good.

If the Yellow Jackets can keep the game close for the first two quarters, they have a good chance of advancing to the semifinals, but to do so Skylar Griffith, Andrew Griffith, Corey Shelton, and Dalton Sizemore must bring their ‘A’ games.

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