TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
Many expected Clay County to be in the 13th Region title game, but the same can’t be said for Corbin. When the season started, many were tagging Corbin as the third or even fourth best team in the 50th District, but Tony Pietrowski’s Redhounds didn’t want any of that.
Corbin surprised many by opening the season with a win over 13th Region favorite Jackson County, and they improved from that point on.
Sure, Corbin took some lumps, losing five in a row for the first time during Pietrowski’s tenure, but the Redhounds haven’t lost since a 56-45 defeat to Bell County at home on Jan. 30.
Corbin has reeled off 11 straight wins since the 11-point defeat to the Bobcats, and we all know things are going to be very tough this time around against the Tigers.
But if you really want to compare the two teams, both have had a hard road to the 13th Region title game.
Clay County entered the season as the defending region champs, but the Tigers also hit some bumps along the way. Many had counted Clay County out after a regular season loss to Jackson County, but I really believe the Tigers’ season turned around during the 49th District title game.
Down 92-88 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, Clay County willed its way to a 93-92 win.
Yep, this Tiger team is for real, and might just be peaking at the right time, but with that said, so is Corbin. Enough of my rambling, let’s get to my prediction.
Boys Title Game
Clay County 77, Corbin 62
Before the tournament tipped-off, I predicted a Clay County/Corbin final, and here we are.
This is the Redhounds’ first 13th Region title game appearance since a 54-49 overtime loss to Bell County in 2011 while Clay County is making its third straight appearance.
These two teams met on Dec. 10 in Manchester with Clay County pulling off a 69-62 win.
Corbin had trouble stopping the Tiger trio of Chip McDaniel, Jake Allen, and Trey Farmer during that game. McDaniel led the way with 23 points during the first meeting while Allen had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Farmer added 13 points and nine boards.
The one number that stood out to me in the game?
Clay County had 30 rebounds.
If the Redhounds have any chance of winning today, they must rebound the ball, and not get into a running game with Clay County.