By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
KNOX CENTRAL — Knox Central was without the services of guard Matt Barger Tuesday, but still managed to almost knock off 12th Region foe Wayne County.
The Panthers had a chance to tie the game with :15 remaining, but couldn’t come up with any points allowing the Cardinals to pick up a slim 62-57 win.
The loss snapped Knox Central’s two-game win streak while dropping the Panthers to 5-2 on the season.
“It was a good learning game,” Evans said. “We will get a lot of positives from this game. In the long run, this will be good for us.
“Matthew does more for our team than the coaches and players realize,” he added. “He’s our best communicator. He just does a lot of things you don’t realize until you don’t have him doing it. We asked the younger guys to help and do some things they’re not used to doing and this will help us in the long run.”
The Cardinals took charge early with their three-point shooting. Rodney Woods’ squad finished the game with seven made three-point attempts while hitting 13-of-14 shot attempts from the free-throw line.
Wayne County 62, Knox Central 57
Wayne County (62) — Shelton 25, Woods 5, Perkins 6, Blevins 10, Gehring 8, Stearns 2, Gardner 8.
Knox Central (57) — Merida 19, Adams 13, Garrison 4, Wilburn 4, Hensley 8, Marsee 9.
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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