By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
KNOX CENTRAL — The Corbin Redhounds have been a surprise this season with the second-best record in the 13th Region at 14-5 coming into Friday’s game against Knox Central.
The Redhounds continued their impressive season, coming back from a 16-point deficit in the first half to grab the 76-70 win, while improving to 9-2 against 13th Region foes.
After the win, Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski said he was extremely pleased with the effort of his team and admitted it would have been very easy for his squad to close up shop after falling behind.
“We came out really unfocused and we didn’t do a lot of things well for a stretch of about 10 or 12 minutes,” Pietrowski said. “They dominated the boards and pretty much got the ball anywhere they wanted to during that time and I thought we settled for some questionable shots and we just didn’t hit a whole lot early.
“I’m proud of my kids because they could have just tucked our tails and chalked this one up to bad shooting, but we kept battling,” he added. “All of a sudden we look and we’re down 10 and haven’t played well at all, then we’re down six and everything kind of switches on and we make that big run before halftime and we continued that effort in the second half.”
Corbin trailed 16-6 at the end of the first quarter and fell behind as many as 16 points in the second quarter before cutting the lead to 28-24 at the halfway point.
Corbin was led by Robbie Igo’s 20-point effort, but it was Zac Farley who helped the Redhounds grab a 47-42 lead as the third quarter came to a close. Farley scored 10 of his 17 points in the third period.
Both teams turned up the heat in the fourth quarter as Igo tallied 10 of his 20 points in the period and Knox Central’s Jeffrey Adams accounted for 13 of his game-high 24, thanks to four three-pointers.
When all was said and done, Corbin used a 29-28 effort in the fourth quarter to help seal the 76-70 victory.
“I’m just proud of our kids for battling all the way from top to bottom,” Pietrowski said. “I thought we showed a lot of moxie because we tried to bury Knox Central a few times and made some big strides, but you have to give them a lot of credit.
“They run a great program over here and it showed by the way they played tonight,” he added. “In the end, we were able to come away with the win and we’ll try to build on that as we go on.”
Corbin 76, Knox Central 70
Corbin 6 18 23 29 76
Knox Central 16 12 14 28 70
Corbin (76) – Igo 20, Farley 17, Goins 16, Grubb 13, Hill 4, Maguet 3, Waddle 3.
Knox Central (70) – Adams 24, Hensley 17, Marsee 17, Merida 6, Wilburn 6.