The Barbourville Tiger basketball team took back to the hardwood on Dec. 29 to compete in the Pine Mountain Classic tournament at Pineville High School after a six day break for Christmas.
The Tigers won three straight games to capture the title with an opening day win over Middlesboro 80-38. The second day of the competition, Barbourville defeated a scrappy Cumberland Gap, TN team 65-32 and finished up with a hard fought win over Powell County on day three 70-59.
The Middlesboro game saw the Tigers shoot over 62% from the field while connecting on 41% from the three point line.
Eleven Barbourville players made it into the scoring column with Tate Carter pouring in a team high 16 points. Brently Perry added 14; James Witt tossed in nine while Bradley Warren and Collin Grubb each had seven points.
Wade Liford and Collin Grubb pulled down five rebounds each followed by Zach Deaton and Brandon Gray with four.
Game two in as many days saw the Tigers face off with Cumberland Gap out of Tennessee. Barbourville continued their hot shooting hitting on nearly 62% of their attempts. The outside shooting cooled to 30%.
Brently Perry scored 19 points hitting on 6-11 shots. Wade Liford followed with 17 points while Tate Carter shot for seven.
The third and final game was a showdown with the Powell County Pirates. Barbourville took the early lead at 6-0 and did not trail the remainder of the game. Even though the Pirates had fallen down by 12 points at the half, Powell County fought back to within two with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter. The Tigers pushed the lead back to 12 by the end of the quarter and held on to a 72-67 victory to claim the title.
Tate Carter led the way with 19 points while Wade Liford, Brently Perry and Markelle Turner each had 12 points.
In other action, the Tigers continued on their win streak with a 70-59 victory over 51st District opponent Lynn Camp on Jan. 3.
A game of note is coming up on Jan. 13 when Barbourville will battle cross town rival Knox Central at 7:30 pm at the Barbourville High School gym.