By Chris Parsons
CORBIN — When it comes to postseason basketball, anything can happen.
If you don’t believe it, just ask Barbourville head coach Dinky Phipps.
Phipps said despite the 49-45 loss to Bell County in the opening round of the 13th Region Tournament, he was happy with the way his Tigers played. He was, however, unhappy with a few calls late in the game as a one-point deficit to start the fourth quarter turned in to a season-ending loss.
“We couldn’t get a shot to fall late even after Tate Carter hit a big shot to keep us in the game,” Phipps said. “I’m not complaining and I’m happy with how my kids played, but why they let us play football for the whole game and then call a foul like they called at the end is beyond me.
“I guess that’s what happens when you play with one set of rules all year and then you come in to a situation like this and are forced to play with another set,” he added. “Hats off to Bell County’s coaching staff and their players as well because they outscored us and that’s what counts in the end.”
Bell County’s Jake Patterson led the Bobcats with 16 points, while Chase Woolum added 11, but head coach Lewis Morris said the win was a team effort. It may not have been a pretty effort, but he was pleased with the outcome.
“We’re moving on to the next round and that’s really all that matters at this point of the season,” Morris said. “Of course you want to play well and I’m pleased with our effort, but the win is more important than anything.
“Barbourville did a good job with some junk defenses, but our kids responded and made the best of the situations,” he added. “We missed a few easy shots late in the game, but luckily we were able to pull it out and get the win.”
Barbourville sophomore Brent Perry led all scorers with 17 points, but was the only Tiger player to reach double figures. Senior Jason Mills fouled out of the game with about six minutes left in the contest, leaving an already shorthanded Barbourville bench even worse off.
“We played a lot of minutes without (Jason) Mills in there and it hurt us in what we were capable of doing,” Phipps said. “But that’s just the way things happen and overall, I’m proud of the way our guys battled all season long.”
Bell County moves on to face Corbin in tonight’s second semifinal game, scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. at The Arena.
13th Region Boys Tournament
First Round at The Arena
Barbourville 13 7 11 14 – 45
Bell County 11 11 10 17 – 49
Barbourville (45) – Brent Perry 17, Tanner Moore 9, Wade Liford 8, Alex Peyton 4, Tate Carter 4, Jacob Rose 2, Jason Mills 1.
Bell County (49) – Jake Patterson 16, Chase Wollum 11, Zach Partin 8, Tyler Potter 7, Josh Asher 3, Victor Morris 2, Ben Collett 2.
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