Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

March 12, 2013

EAST KENTUCKY BASKETBALL HISTORY: Paintsville's play in 1986 Beach Ball Classic paved way for success



Paintsville would now play for third place in the tournament and would face the Binghamton, N.Y., Patriots. The Patriots were the defending New York State champions and were led by consensus All-American guard King Rice, who was considered the fastest guard in the country.

“It was unbelievable how quick he was,” Coach Runyon recalled of Rice. “But it was unbelievable to me how fast Mike Minix was against him. It was unbelievable to see Mike Minix get a ball at the free throw line and outrun King Rice to the other end and shoot a layup. Mike Minix was the quickest kid, with the ball, I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Paintsville was able to keep it close early and after a few minutes the game was tied at 11. The Patriots, however, were able to go on an 18-10 run and take a 29-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. Binghamton was able to maintain its lead in the third stanza and were up 41-34 going into the fourth. That is when Pelphrey took over for the Tigers. Scoring nine of his team-high 20 points in the fourth, Pelphrey and the Tigers were able to mount a furious comeback and hold on for the upset over Binghamton 53-51.

It was a total team effort upsetting two nationally ranked teams (DeMatha and Binghamton were both ranked in the USA Today Top 25) at the Beach Ball Classic. Pelphrey made the Beach Ball Classic All-Tournament team, Couch won the Sportsmanship Trophy, and junior guard Keith Adkins received the Hustle Award. With the wins in South Carolina, it appeared that Paintsville was starting to play good basketball and could be on its way to the state tournament in March.

The Tigers used their momentum from the Beach Ball Classic to win 17 of their next 18 games, including a huge victory over Clay County, and their talented junior guard Richie Farmer. The momentum carried right on into the post-season where Paintsville won its third consecutive 15th Region title to advance once again to the “Sweet 16.” The region title put Paintsville at 30-4 on the year, becoming only the second 30-win team in the school’s history (the 1943-44 squad finished 31-5). Asked about the team’s chances at the state tournament Coach Runyon replied, “I honestly feel like we’re better prepared. We’ve played a tremendous schedule this season. More than anything that will help us in the state tournament.” Coach Runyon also reflected on the careers of his seniors to the Paintsville Herald, gushing about what they had done for the program. “These kids have done an awful lot for Paintsville High School and for basketball in eastern Kentucky. They’ve established a tradition for basketball in Paintsville.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos