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Corbin's Madison Johnson (left) and Deke Barley surround Pineville's Matt Combs.

CORBIN—Pineville looked to keep its Cinderella season alive Wednesday night in the opening game of the boys’ 13th Region Tournament, but Corbin’s Josh Crawford had other ideas.

The Corbin big man scored 24 points, and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line, as the Redhounds downed the Mountain Lions 55-50 in a thriller.

“Josh keeps stepping up,” Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski said. “At times this season he’s stepped back and let others shine, but tonight he played his best game.”

It was Crawford that kept Corbin (23-7) in the game early, scoring nine first quarter points, when it looked like Pineville (16-12) was ready to blow the game open, racing out to a 15-4 lead before Crawford scored six and Madison Johnson added two threes to cut the lead to 19-15 at the break.

Four more points from Crawford to open the second tied the game at 19-19 before Pineville went on an 8-0 run behind points from James David Strange and Dustin Day to push the lead to 27-19 with 2:24 left. Pineville led 29-25 at the half.

The lead stretched to 33-25 before the Redhounds went on an 11-0 run to hold a 36-33 lead with 3:06 left. Crawford added five points during that run. Corbin led 38-26 going into the fourth quarter.

Turnovers plagued Pineville, as they made five straight miscues over the last two minutes of the third and the first two minutes of the fourth quarter.

A three from Deke Barley with 4:50 left gave Corbin a 47-40 advantage. Pineville refused to go away, and when Strange scored with 2:07 left, the lead was cut to one, 49-48.

Corbin was leading 51-48 and had the ball when Isaac Wilson missed a shot and Pineville grabbed the rebound with 58.4 seconds left. Wilson then made up for his ill-advised shot when he stole the ball from Jared Jeffrey and scored an easy lay-up for a 53-48 lead. Corbin held on for the 55-50 win.

“I told Isaac after the game that I wanted to kill him when he missed the shot, then hug him when he stole the ball and made the basket,” Pietrowski laughed. “We are a young team and we are going to make mistakes. In the end we stepped up and made the shots we needed to win. Even when we got down early, we never stopped, held our ground and chipped away at the lead and pulled out a win.”

Corbin now advances to face Bell Co. Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals. The Redhounds lost to the Bobcats earlier in the season.



Boys’ 13th Region Tournament

at Corbin

Corbin 55, Pineville 50

C 15 10 13 17—55

P 19 10 7 14—50

C (55)—Barley 7, Smith 8, Crawford 24, Johnson 8, Wilson 4, Cashen 4.

P (50)—Strange 15, Warren 9, Jeffrey 3, M. Combs 5, Lambdin 2, Day 16.

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