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Boys’ Mountain Classic semifinals preview

Published: Dec. 10, 2021 at 1:36 PM EST
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HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - After cruising to victory over the Shelby Valley Wildcats, the Knox Central Panthers will meet the Breathitt County Bobcats in the early semifinal Friday night at the WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau and sponsored by ARH.

Knox Central senior Jevonte Turner led the team with 37 points in the win over Shelby Valley. The Panthers hope to advance to their second straight WYMT Food City Mountain Basketball Classic final.

Breathitt County made it to the semis after an impressive second half comeback against the Johnson Central Golden Eagles.

The game tips off at 6:45 p.m. Friday night.

Following that game, the Harlan Green Dragons meet the Perry Central Commodores to set up the championship Saturday showdown.

Perry Central clinched a semis appearance with a strong showing against the Paintsville Tigers. Junior Dylan Knight led the way putting up 13 points with junior Tyler Day just behind him tallying 12.

The Green Dragons earned a place in the semis after squeaking out a win over the hosting Knott Central Patriots.

Junior Jaedyn Gist led the Green Dragons to victory with 16 points. Senior Jordan Akal joined Gist in double figures with 14 points.

The second semifinal matchup tips at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

Those four teams still have a shot at making the finals on Saturday, but parents tell us that every team competing in the tournament walk away with something.

”This is the first time a lot of these kids have been on TV,” said Jessica Wilder a parent of the student athletes. “The scholarships that are offered here, this tournament is huge. “And it is a great opportunity for our kids and we are thankful to be here playing.”

Some parents are really enjoying having the games televised.

”Especially with COVID, people can’t come out a lot so it’s good to have the opportunity to be able to watch on TV,” said Tammy Meyers, another player parent.

Now in its 35th season, Meyers believes this tournament helps teams find success later on.

”You just got to play the best to be the best and that’s why we want to be here,” she said.

Knott County Central Athletic Director, Justin Amburghey, is honored to host the tournament this year because of the tradition it brings.

”When you hear The Mountain Classic you think about the Clay County teams that have dominated here for years,” he said.

Amburghey hopes that more traditions will be made in the days ahead.

You can watch every game of the WYMT Food City Mountain Classic on our second channel, Heroes & Icons, or on WYMT.com.

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