Jackets defeat Lee, Va. 62-55

Published 12:27 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Middlesboro picked up its second consecutive win on Monday. The Jackets found success offensively and took home a 62-55 victory over Lee, Virginia.

Middlesboro is off to one of it’s best starts in a few years, boasting a 3-3 record with wins over Harlan, Red Bird and the Generals. Last year, the Jackets had picked up only a single victory by this time — an 80-71 victory over Thomas Walker, Virginia.

It was Drake Thomas who got Middlesboro going on offense. The junior guard finished with a team-high 19 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range.

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Mykel Griffin made his presence felt as well tallying 13 points while shooting at a 55.6 percent clip. He logged six rebounds as well.

Jabari Kyle and TJ Patterson also registered double digits during the game. Kyle scored 11 points while going 7-for-10 from the charity stripe. Patterson chipped in 10 points to go along with his team-high eight rebounds.

Christian Hubbard finished with eight rebounds and six points.

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Middlesboro (3-3) will battle Claiborne, Tennessee at on home on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.


Middlesboro picked up their second victory of the season with an 11-point decision over Red Bird on Saturday. The Jackets used a 24-point third quarter to boost their way to a 63-52 win.

Sophomore Jabari Kyle paced the Jackets with a team-high 17 points while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Mykel Griffin chipped in 14 points off the bench while shooting at a team-best 75 percent clip. He also hauled in six rebounds.

Drake Thomas and TJ Patterson finished the day in double digits as well. Thomas ended with 13 points. Patterson added 12 points while hitting four of his seven free throws. He also grabbed six boards.

The duo of Austin Napier and Dalton Finley led Red Bird with 13 points apiece. Max Kitoko finished with 11 points to round out the scoring leaders.

The two teams raced to an 11-11 tie at the end of the first. Patterson scored five points in the quarter to lead the Jackets, while Finley drew even with five points of his own.

The Cardinals held a three-point lead heading into halftime before Middlesboro exploded to 24 points in the third quarter to claim a 48-36 lead. Kyle added nine points in the third while Hubbard scored all eight of his points in the quarter.

Red Bird couldn’t overcome the double-digit deficit despite outscoring Middlesboro in the final quarter.

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