By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Steve Jewell’s Corbin Redhounds find themselves in another must-win situation Thursday on the road against McCreary Central to keep any hope of hosting a first round playoff game alive.
The Redhounds, who are 2-4 and off to their worst start since 2005 when they started the season 1-5, need a win over the Raiders (1-5) to even their record at 1-1 in district play after losing a heartbreaker to Wayne County last week, 26-23.
“No doubt we have to win this game,” Jewell said. “A win always makes you feel better about yourself and it helps the situation because we had a tough loss last week.
“Our kids are extremely disappointed right now,” he added. “We are still licking our wounds right now and we just need positive things to happen.”
Corbin has been in each of its four losses and have lost each game by an average margin of six points.
“We’ve just not been able to get the big play when we’ve needed it,” Jewell said. “We just need to continue to plug away and get positive things to happen.”
McCreary Central has been struggling as well. The Raiders’ lone win came against a Knott Central team that was in the midst of a 26-game losing skid. The Patriots broke the losing streak last week against Jenkins.
“We are going in to the game with a mindset we’ve got to win,” Jewell said. “There won’t be any big changes. McCreary Central is struggling right now and they’ve had some good plays and bad plays, but they just seem like they can’t put anything together.
“We’re not going to overlook them at all,” he added. “Stranger things can happen and we know that because we found ourselves in a battle a couple of years ago down in Knott Central. We’ve got to come ready to play.”
Jewell said the keys to the game is for his Redhounds to stay away from turnovers and put together drives. Corbin did a good job of doing that last week against Wayne County for a while before some penalties and turnovers kept the Redhounds from picking up the win.
“We know our backs are against the wall,” Jewell said. “Like I said, we’ve got to have positive things happen and we need to get a win. Our kids know what’s at stake, so we’ve got to come out ready to play.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
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