By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
PERRY CENTRAL — Just a month ago North Laurel and Harlan County played each other with the Black Bears pulling off a 72-46 win over the defending 13th Region champions.
The two teams met again Saturday in the WYMT Mountain Classic Fifth Place game and the final result was a whole lot closer.
The game was tied at 35 apiece minutes into the final quarter of play before Harlan County (16-3) took charge down the stretch to pull off a 51-43 win.
The loss dropped the Jaguars to 10-9 overall, as they posted a 1-2 mark in the WYMT Mountain Classic.
“We played really good through three quarters and made some costly errors in the fourth that cost us the game,” North Laurel’s Brad Sizemore said. “But I'm pleased with our effort tonight and in the other two games. We are starting to get back on track and hope to continue it on Tuesday against Corbin.”
North Laurel led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, but a pair of three-pointers by Harlan County’s Alex Sergent allowed his team to take a 24-23 edge at halftime.
The Jaguars outscored Harlan County 10-9 during the third quarter to tie the game at 33 apiece heading into the fourth quarter.
Chad Massingill led the Black Bears with 16 points while Aaron Caldwell and Tyler Miller each followed with 10 points apiece. Jake Allen scored 11 points for North Laurel and teammate Peyton Broughton finished with a 10-point effort.
WYMT Mountain Classic
At Perry Central
Harlan County 51, North Laurel 43
North Laurel 14 9 10 10 43
Harlan County 11 13 9 18 51
North Laurel (43) — Allen 11, Carson 5, Broughton 10, Rush 5, Thompson 7, Henson 2, Jervis 3.
Harlan County (51) — Brewer 5, Sergent 9, Massingill 16, Miller 10, A. Caldwell 10, Z. Caldwell 1.
Harlan County pulls away in the fourth quarter during 51-43 win
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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