Middlesboro falls to Corbin at home
One week after opening the season with an emphatic 30-point victory over the Thomas Walker Pioneers, the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets dropped their second straight game, falling to Corbin 55-44.
Due to inclement weather, the game was moved up and played earlier than scheduled to accommodate safer travels for all attendees.
“Corbin is always well-coached and fundamentally sound,” said Middlesboro coach Lewis Morris. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well and missed a lot of good shots. Our effort is not consistent, and that may be due to conditioning, which will improve.”
Middlesboro was led by Jabari Kyle with 18 points and five rebounds. He was followed by Trey Brock with 13. Bryson Barnard chipped in six points. T.J. Patterson added five points and Jay West added two points.
The Yellow Jackets had a tough night from the field, shooting only 35.7% for the game and 20% from beyond the arc. They only managed 17 rebounds throughout the game as well.
Through three games this season, Middlesboro is shooting just over 37% from the field, 18% from deep and 64% from the charity stripe.
With the loss, the Yellow Jackets moved to 1-2 on the season ahead of Friday’s match-up with in-county rival Pineville. The Mountain Lions are sitting at 2-1 on the season and coming off of a four-point loss to Oneida Baptist Institute.
“Pineville is playing well right now,” said Morris. “They have a lot of kids back from last year, so I expect it to be a tough game.”
Middlesboro (1-2) will travel a short distance up U.S. 25E to battle Pineville at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Corbin (2-1) will host Williamsburg (3-0) on Friday.
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