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.