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Knox Central rolls Betsy Layne 86-49, moves onto second round

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 10:04 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2021 at 11:46 PM EST
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Knox Central, the Mountain Classic champions in December 2017, tipped off their quest for a title on Wednesday.

Knox Central proved yet again why they are the favorites for the WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic Presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau and Sponsored by ARH. The back-to-back defending champions beat Betsy Layne 86-49 Wednesday Night.

Knox Central who has won the 13th Region the past two years as well improves to 4-2 on the season. The Panthers have seen many setbacks since the Classic last year and the region tournament. First, the global pandemic canceled the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 bringing an unexpected end for four seniors and the rest of the team. As the 2021 Panthers looked to pick back up where they did last year, the virus shut the team down not once but twice, affecting the off-season preparations and eight games.

In their 6th game of the season, Tony Patterson’s team showed improvement as they have in each game this season.

“I always heard when I was little growing up, ‘Whatever don’t kill ya makes you stronger,’” said Patterson who played in the very first Classic championship game.

Patterson knows how special the tournament is.

“This is one of the premier tournaments in the state of Kentucky,” he said.

Patterson’s team also understands the meaning of the Tournament not only playing in multiple but looking to win another this year.

“It actually doesn’t get old,” said Isaac Mills. “I’ve played this game since I was 4 or 5 years old and it is a different experience each time even.”

“The main thing is to have fun. Come together as a team and bond together as brothers actually to see if we can win,” said Abe Brock.

The two combined for 28 points as Mills had 18 and Brock added 10. The Panthers were lead by Jevontae Turner who had a game-high 29 points.

On the other side, the Betsy Layne Bobcats fell to 4-5 on the year. The Bobcats were led by Senior, Jordan Frazier. His 23 points weren’t enough for the win but did earn him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

“It is good, but losing is bad,” said Frazier.

While the Bobcats wanted to win, the team says they can learn a lot from the nightcap of Night Two.

“Just to come here and prove what kind of team we are. To stand up to adversity and see how we act being down or being shut out.”

Knox Central will play Wolf County who defeated Buckhorn Tuesday on Saturday.

Betsy Layne will play East Ridge on Tuesday as their regular season resumes.

You can watch the post-game interviews below:

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