CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - The 13th Region boys' semifinals provided two match-ups that came down to the wire. Harlan County and Knox Central survived the semifinals to move on to Monday's championship game.
In game one, Harlan County withstood a strong Clay County start. The Black Bears trailed by one at the end of the first half. The two went back and forth in the second half before the Black Bears pulled away to win 65-58. Black Bear Trent Noah won Player of the Game with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
FINAL: @HarlanCoSchools is moving on to the boys’ 13th Region final with a 65-58 win over Clay County. Trent Noah takes home Player of the Game.— Willie Hope (@WillieWYMT) March 7, 2020
Black Bears get the winner of @SLBBasketball and Knox Central. @SportsOT pic.twitter.com/Uzj5GLYfaM
Clay County was led by Connor Robinson, who scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Knox Central and South Laurel provided another entertaining match-up in game two of the night. The two traded blows throughout the night as South Laurel took a 26-24 lead into the half. The Panthers went up by as much as 11 in the fourth quarter, but South Laurel battled back and had a chance to win. However, the Cardinals' final shot fell short and the Panthers advanced to their second straight region title game.
FINAL: This is how it ended. Knox Central heading back to the boys' 13th Region final after defeating a resilient South Laurel team, 65-62 the final.— Willie Hope (@WillieWYMT) March 7, 2020
The Panthers will take on Harlan County at 7 p.m. on Monday night at Corbin Arena. @SportsOT pic.twitter.com/uOuEh3cj8a
In his final game for South Laurel, 13th Region Player of the Year Matthew Cromer scored 20 points for the Cardinals.
Harlan County and Knox Central will meet at 7 p.m. at Corbin Arena for the boys' 13th Region championship.