By Les Dixon
MIDDLESBORO — Knox Central’s Jeffrey Adams might be a freshman, but he’s playing like a four-year starter as his 25-point effort and four three-pointers turned out to be enough to lead the Panthers to a thrilling 73-64 double overtime win over Middlesboro Tuesday.
Knox Central entered the week riding a three-game losing skid while needing some momentum heading into next week’s 51st District Tournament.
They’ve got the momentum and then some, as Adams has played a big part in his team's current two-game win streak by knocking down a combined nine three-pointers during the past two games, including one at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.
By the time Knox Central wrapped up the win, coach Brian Evans had three freshmen and two sophomores on the court, as Tobie Merida, Matt Barger, Nathan Cole and Jacob Wilburn each fouled out during the game.
“I’m really proud of those guys,” Evans said. “I really don’t know how exactly we did it other than we just found a way. We made enough free throws and got enough stops and rebounds and kind of found a way to do it.
“I’m just really proud of the guys,” he added. “It was just a wild game. To find a way to win a game like this down the stretch of the season is a real good win for our guys.”
Knox Central 73, Middlesboro 64
Knox Central (73) — Adams 25, Barger 21, Hensley 13, Merida 11, Cole 2, Hall 1.
Middlesboro (64) — Foister 16, Riddle 17, Poindexter 17, Smith 2, Wilson 5, Bowling 6.
By Les Dixon
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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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