“We’re not that good. We’ve got to play hard every night in order to be able to stay with people.” - Lewis Morris
Bell County Head Coach Lewis Morris said that about his team a little over a month ago after defeating Harlan to stay undefeated at the time in the district. Lewis would then go on to say, "We’re not very good right now. By the end of the year, I think we may be." Wednesday night was a prime example of where he wanted his team to be at the end of the year.
Now, if you were a child of the 80’s or younger, you may remember a TV show on public access by the name of Lamb Chop’s Play-Along. Well on the show, they closed with “The Song that Never Ends”.
That is what Wednesday night’s game between Bell County and Corbin felt like. If you missed this game or didn’t hear about it, let me briefly recap the game. Bell County came out in the first half and got out to a surprising 11 point lead. Corbin was able to rally in the second half and was able to cut the lead to 37-36 Bell County at the half.
Bell would then be outscored in the third quarter 11-9 and Corbin had the one point advantage, 47-46.
Bell County then outscored Corbin 11-10 in the 4th qtr to push the game to overtime with a tie of 57.
The next four quarters would be a crazy, crazy environment as Corbin and Bell traded blows with one another. After a grueling 48 minutes of basketball it was Corbin who prevailed and came away with the 88-80 win.
Bell County’s Ben Madon and Brian Robbins led the way for the Bobcats with 22 points respectively before Madon fouled on in the 4th Overtime session.
For Corbin, Madison Johnson was held to only 5 points on the game and fouled out early in this one, the fourth quarter, so point guard Isaac Wilson had to take his game to the next level and dropped 43 points in the win.
It was a remarkable performance for Wilson and after the game I caught up with Head Coach Tony Pietrowski as he talked about the game, the team’s performance and the job that Wilson did controlling and taking over the game.
I have seen Wilson time in and time out take control and lead his team to victory, but in my time here at WYMT, I had not seen an individual performance like this. I was there when Prestonsburg's Michael Burchett went off about a month ago against Paintsville when he dropped 42, but in this type of situation, with the end of the season on the line, Wilson’s 43 points and performance tops it all.
It was something that the box scores can not tell the following morning. Consider this; Isaac Wilson played the entire game. No other player on either roster was able to do that, and the one thing that was not in the highlights and may be forgotten is that Wilson took a pretty hard fall late in the game, and laid on the court for several minutes before finally coming to, and still continued to battle on the floor. This was a game that saw 7 players foul out, five for Bell and two for Corbin, but Wilson had a cool 2 personal fouls to end the game. Wilson was the glue that held Corbin together as the Redhounds survive and advance for at least other day in the 13th Region tournament.
One final note; If you were thought this was the longest game in 13th region tournament history, you were wrong. Back in 1984 Cumberland played ironically enough Corbin in a six overtime game and ironically enough, now Bell County coach Lewis Morris was apart of that one as well. Morris dropped 22 points in that game for Cumberland.