One game after holding his own against Clay County’s 6-8 center Jake Allen, Bell County’s Zach Partin enjoyed a size advantage against Corbin’s frontline. The sophomore has his way in the post and finished with a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 56-45 road win over the Redhounds.
Bell also got 19 points from Tyler Potter and 12 from Jake Patterson in their second straight win over a 13th Region opponent.
Corbin, which lost a fifth straight game for the first time under coach Tony Pietrowski, was led by Kevin Goins’ 15 points while Andrew Taylor added 13.
The Redhounds jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, but the Bobcats closed the first period on a 10-3 run to tie things at 14 after one period.
Bell County was up 27-23 at halftime, then outscored the Redhounds 20-3 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Corbin cut the 47-26 lead down to eight in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats finally solved Corbin’s press. A basket from Potter and a three-point play from Partin pushed the lead back to double-digits and Bell went on to win it by 11.
Bell County (11-8) will play Jackson City in the Appalachian Wireless Kentucky Prep Showcase on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Corbin (11-10) was scheduled to play at Pineville on Friday and will visit Williamsburg on Tuesday.
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BELL CO. (56) — Zach Partin 20, Tyler Potter 19, Jake Patterson 12, Josh Asher 5, Chase Woolum 2, Ben Collett 2.
CORBIN (45) — Kevin Goins 15, Andrew Taylor 13, Zach Maguet 5, Trevor Browning 5, Joey Shelton 3, Conner Hopkins 2, Kenny Hopper 2.
John Stepp for the Corbin Times-Tribune contributed to this article.