Jay Compton for the Times-Tribune
MIDDLESBORO — With five seniors back from last year’s 52nd District championship team, expectations are high for the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets this season. Friday night it was a pair of juniors taking center stage as MHS opened the season with a 73-60 win over Barbourville.
Forward Austin Poindexter came off the bench to lead all scorers with 30 points and grab 10 rebounds while guard Donnie Foister finished with 25 points, including a 7-of-9 effort from the free throw line for the Jackets. Senior Michael Wilson added six points to go along with 10 assists in the game.
“We had some guys in foul trouble and Poindexter stepped up. Everyone contributed to this win and I really believe that it could be anyone on any given night,” Jacket coach Russell Thompson said. “Austin is obviously one of the best athletes in the 13th Region and he came to me and said he felt comfortable coming off the bench. That shows a lot of character on his part and for him to play as well as he did in our opener, I’m very proud of him. ”
Barbourville (1-1) was led by senior guard Devon Mills, who scored 24 points. Brandon Gray added nine points and Zack Strong eight for the Tigers.
“Anytime you’re playing against Coach Phipps and those Tigers, you know those kids are going to know how to play, ” Thompson said.
Jay Compton for the Times-Tribune
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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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