Defense carries Middlesboro in battle of Jackets

Published 9:42 am Wednesday, December 13, 2023


In two wins to start the season, the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets have depended on their defense. After limiting Lynn Camp to 44 points on Thursday, the Jackets were even better in a 55-38 victory Tuesday over visiting Williamsburg.

“I was very pleased with our defensive intensity and rebounding tonight. We were able to jump out on them from the beginning and never trailed,” Middlesboro coach John Wheat said. “We challenged the guys to play for 32 minutes as hard as they could. They succeeded on holding each other accountable on playing hard. Every player who played tonight did their role perfectly. We are building that foundation. We were fortunate that Williamsburg wasn’t making shots. Coach (Anthony) did a great job at spreading us out. I love watching his teams play because they play so hard, smart, and they compete.”

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Junior guard Jeremiah Beck had a big game for Middlesboro with 18 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

“Jeremiah Beck had one heck of a game,” Wheat said. “

Senior guard Brayden Barnard added 10 points, while senior Cayden Grigsby added eight.

“Tonight was definitely not our night,” Williamsburg coach Anthony Hibbard told the 13th Region Media Network. “We have to give a lot of credit to coach John Wheat and Middlesboro for their performance. This was our first true road game and we were challenged from the tip.”

Andrew Smith led Williamsburg with 20 points. Henry Bowling added 10 points.

Middlesboro will play host to Barbourville on Thursday. Williamsburg will travel to Somerset Christian School on Friday.


Middlesboro (55) — Bryce Bowling 3, Brayden Barnard 10, Cayden Grigsby 8, Jeremiah Beck 18, Joseph Killion 3, Peyton Turner 6, Trey King 7.

Williamsburg (38) — Henry Bowling 10, Connor Saylor 2, Andrew Smith 20, Zac Bowen 2, Dalton Henderson 2, Lakin Cunagin 2.

Williamsburg 7-5-11-15 — 38

Middlesboro 11-15-13-16 — 55