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December 20, 2012

Fear 'Les' 13th Region Basketball Rankings

CORBIN — Boys Top Five

1. Harlan Co. (8-0 overall, 5-0 vs. 13th Region foes)

What’s the scoop: The Black Bears are off to their best start in school history and after eight games, their closest contest has been an 11-point win over 51st District rival Middlesboro.

Surprise, surprise: Harlan County closed out this past week by grabbing two more regional wins over both South Laurel and Bell County. The Black Bears showed they can win playing against slow down tactics or run and gun style during those two games.

What’s ahead: Harlan County will be hitting the road Thursday to participate in the Hilton Head Classic.

2. Knox Central (5-2, 2-0)

What’s the scoop: The Panthers move up a spot after picking up a 68-62 win over Clay County last week. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Knox Central is young and dangerous.

Surprise, surprise: Matt Barger is out with an injury, but the Panthers still almost beat 12th Region foe Wayne County a couple of days ago. Jeffrey Adams did a great job running the point guard spot for Knox Central and Tobie Merida scored 19 points while continuing to improve.

What’s ahead: Knox Central will be in action today during the Winterfest Tournament in Sevierville, Tenn.

3. Clay County (6-1, 2-1)

What’s the scoop: The Tigers had a minor setback after losing on the road to Knox Central this past week. I still believe in the long run Bobby Marcum’s squad will make some serious noise once postseason play begins.

Surprise, surprise: Tyler McDaniel continues to show why he is considered one of the top players in the region during Clay County’s 68-53 49th District win over North Laurel. He ran the point guard spot great and scored clutch baskets when the Tigers needed them most.

What’s ahead: The Tigers will face-off against Ashland today during the Raceland Derby Classic.

4. Corbin (5-3, 2-1)

What’s the scoop: The Redhounds are losers of two straight, but played some solid competition this past week, playing both defending state champion Trinity and Spencer County on the road.

Surprise, surprise: The Redhounds continuing to improve as team and will surprise many by the time postseason play rolls around.

What’s ahead: Corbin will play 12th Region foe Rockcastle County today in the Legacy Nissan Shootout II.

5. Jackson County (6-4, 3-0)

What’s the scoop: After beating North Laurel in a triple overtime affair last week, the Generals dropped four straight games before recovering with two wins this past week.

Surprise, surprise: I’m not too sure if I don’t have Jackson County ranked too high at the present time. The Generals struggled to a 64-57 win over Bell County on Tuesday.

What’s ahead: Jackson County will hit the road today to face-off against Owsley County.

The Best of the rest

No. 6 North Laurel (4-4, 2-3)

What’s the scoop: Junior Jake Allen will be back in the Jaguar line-up today, which will be a big plus for Brad Sizemore’s squad. Keep an eye on eighth grader Peyton Broughton. He’s one of the best guards I’ve seen play this season. No guard in the region hits the boards like Broughton does.

No. 7 South Laurel (2-5, 1-2)

What’s the scoop: The Cardinals might be three games under .500, but they are the most dangerous 2-5 team in the state. South Laurel put a scare in Harlan County this past week and only trailed by two points with 6:30 left in regulation. Take away a walk call on a made layup by Zac Baxter and who knows what could have happened during the final five minutes of play.

No. 8 Barbourville (4-2, 3-1)

What’s the scoop: The Tigers’ length is giving many teams fits. Coach Dinky Phipps continues to work his magic with his Tiger squad while senior Devon Mills continues to show he’s one of the best players in the region.

No. 9 Middlesboro (5-2, 3-2)

What’s the scoop: The Yellow Jackets are a pleasant surprise in the region this season. Middlesboro is very athletic and is led by underrated Austin Poindexter. Wait and see if this team isn’t one of the best in the region by the end of the regular season.

No. 10 Pineville (5-4, 3-4)

What’s the scoop: This team is too good to leave out of the top 10, but I’m still confused why the Mountain Lions are struggling so much.

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