CORBIN — South Laurel edged Corbin 56-52 to win the championship of the Tim Short Summer Shootout on Tuesday at Corbin High School.
Corbin advanced to the finals with a hard-fought 72-70 overtime win over Harlan County. The Redhounds were led by a 25-point performance from standout junior guard Andrew Taylor.
Harlan County led 13-9 after one quarter and 28-21 at halftime. The Redhounds rallied to go ahead 46-42 after three quarters. The game was tied 65-all at the end of regulation.
Senior guards Cameron Carmical and Treyce Spurlock led the Bears with 24 and 19 points, respectively. Junior forward Tyrese Simmons scored 15. David Turner contributed six points. Drew Nolan, Andrew Creech and Alex Pace scored two each.
South Laurel defeated Whitley County 58-42 in the other semifinal. Corbin White downed Williamsburg 64-39 and Whitley County defeated Corbin Gray 56-53 in first-round games.
Harlan County (17-3) returns to action Friday in the AAU state tournament at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington. The Bears will play Pulaski County on Friday at 6:20 p.m. HCHS will play Tates Creek on Saturday at noon and defending AAU state champ Mercer County at 4 p.m.
Harlan will also play in the AAU state tourney, taking on Johnson Central at 3:40 p.m. on Friday and Lexington Christian Academy on Saturday at 2:40 p.m.
South Laurel and Harlan County each won twice on Monday in the Tim Short Summer Shootout at Corbin High School.
The defending 13th Region champion Cardinals won Pool B by defeating Corbin White 69-53 and Whitley County 53-41 Harlan County won Pool A by defeating Williamsburg 66-36 and Corbin Gray 52-38. Corbin White defeated Whitley County 62-39 and Corbin Gray defeated Williamsburg 52-37 in other action.
The Corbin team was split into two squads when Pineville dropped out of the six-team tournament.
Senior guards Cameron Carmical and Treyce Spurlock each hit 3-pointers to help the Bears get off to a good start against Williamsburg. Andrew Creech, Tyrese Simmons and Drew Nolan also had baskets as the Bears built a 19-7 advantage. Simmons had seven points and Carmical added six as the Bears grabbed a 40-21 halftime advantage. Two straight baskets by sophomore guard Gabe Price pushed the lead to 29 in the third quarter.
Carmical scored 18 points and Simmons added 14 to lead the Bears. Creech tossed in six points. Price added five. Treyce Spurlock, Nolan, Alex Pace, Michael Simpson and Taylor Spurlock scored four each. A.J. Simmons and Elisha Smallwood added two and one, respectively.
Simmons had two baskets in the first quarter as the Bears built an early 14-7 lead over Corbin. Spurlock had two baskets, including a 3-pointer, as HCHS extended its advantage to 24-12 at halftime.
Carmical, who led the Bears with 14 points, took over in the third quarter with seven points as HCHS stretched its lead to 35-18.
Simmons added 12 points, followed by Spurlock with eight, Nolan with seven, David Turner with six, Michael Simpson with three and Price with two.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134