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    Home Cooking : Biggest Home Court Advantage Ever

    From my perspective, it had to be Clay Co. back in the early eighties to early nineties when Coach Keith stalked the sidelines. Man, I hated that guy back in the day! He was a big, tall terrorizing presence on the sidelines. He had officials so intimidated , especially in Manchester. They were like little toy black and white striped soldiers being easily manipulated in his giant hands.

    I went to a Corbin game over in Manchester back during the era mentioned above. The game was pretty tight the whole way. Corbin made a bucket late to "win" the game, much to Coach Keith's chagrin. He ranted, he raved , he stalked the refs ...Corbin fans danced in jubilation. A win in Clay County back then was a big , big deal. But wait... a foul was called AFTER the final horn had sounded . Corbin players had already begun celebrating a big win!!! Keith had gotten his way. Who knows, maybe it was he who blew the damned whistle. Clay made the phantom foul shots and ended up being declared the winner. Such shenanigans back in the day.

    I went to a Corbin-Clay game over in Manchester this year. It's just not the same house without Coach Keith. The aura .... the magic was gone. Apparently, it died with the legend himself. No cheating from the refs, not much emotion in the building... just not the same Clay Co. Of course, Clay is way down this year, so it's somewhat understandable. They have had some really good teams in recent years , yet it's just not the same environment as when Coach Keith prowled the sidelines. The man was a legend. I got to meet him once. I saw him in Corbin back in the early nineties at a game. He was there scouting for an potential upcoming post-season game with the Hounds. I had never liked him much at all but I respected what he had accomplished. So I asked him for an autograph and he kindly obliged. I hated him a little less after that. But just a little.

    Clay County won 120 consecutive home games from 1984 - 1993. Talk about some home cooking!!! But I have to give the devil his due, Coach Keith could flat out coach them up. He is a true coaching legend and the biggest reason that Clay had the biggest home court edge in history. Teams were beaten before the game ever started. RIP Coach . Keith was the real Coach K...
    The guy finished his career with an astounding winning percentage of 86%.

    I don't know if there will ever be another 120 consecutive home wins by any school anywhere.

    Besides Clay County, where were some other great home court advantages in the state, back in the day? Where are some tough environments to play present-day? Some think it's tough to leave Corbin with a win. Those people must have never seen a game from Manchester back in the eighties. If you were a visiting coach, what venue would give you nightmares ? Did you ever get to experience Bobby Keith in his natural habitat in Manchester?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmh115 View Post
    Newport was a tough place with Stan Arnzen, poor lighting and low ceiling.
    And pure stone-cold athletes. My memory is Eugene Britton, Lester Pate, Charlie Pate, Dick Vorhees, forgot All American that went to U.L. (So sorry, age showing). Just remembered John Turner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    From my perspective, it had to be Clay Co. back in the early eighties to early nineties when Coach Keith stalked the sidelines. Man, I hated that guy back in the day! He was a big, tall terrorizing presence on the sidelines. He had officials so intimidated , especially in Manchester. They were like little toy black and white striped soldiers being easily manipulated in his giant hands.

    I went to a Corbin game over in Manchester back during the era mentioned above. The game was pretty tight the whole way. Corbin made a bucket late to "win" the game, much to Coach Keith's chagrin. He ranted, he raved , he stalked the refs ...Corbin fans danced in jubilation. A win in Clay County back then was a big , big deal. But wait... a foul was called AFTER the final horn had sounded . Corbin players had already begun celebrating a big win!!! Keith had gotten his way. Who knows, maybe it was he who blew the damned whistle. Clay made the phantom foul shots and ended up being declared the winner. Such shenanigans back in the day.

    I went to a Corbin-Clay game over in Manchester this year. It's just not the same house without Coach Keith. The aura .... the magic was gone. Apparently, it died with the legend himself. No cheating from the refs, not much emotion in the building... just not the same Clay Co. Of course, Clay is way down this year, so it's somewhat understandable. They have had some really good teams in recent years , yet it's just not the same environment as when Coach Keith prowled the sidelines. The man was a legend. I got to meet him once. I saw him in Corbin back in the early nineties at a game. He was there scouting for an potential upcoming post-season game with the Hounds. I had never liked him much at all but I respected what he had accomplished. So I asked him for an autograph and he kindly obliged. I hated him a little less after that. But just a little.

    Clay County won 120 consecutive home games from 1984 - 1993. Talk about some home cooking!!! But I have to give the devil his due, Coach Keith could flat out coach them up. He is a true coaching legend and the biggest reason that Clay had the biggest home court edge in history. Teams were beaten before the game ever started. RIP Coach . Keith was the real Coach K...
    The guy finished his career with an astounding winning percentage of 86%.

    I don't know if there will ever be another 120 consecutive home wins by any school anywhere.

    Besides Clay County, where were some other great home court advantages in the state, back in the day? Where are some tough environments to play present-day? Some think it's tough to leave Corbin with a win. Those people must have never seen a game from Manchester back in the eighties. If you were a visiting coach, what venue would give you nightmares ? Did you ever get to experience Bobby Keith in his natural habitat in Manchester?
    As a kid I remember a crazy ending to the clay co vs Harlan game in clay during the regional final in the early 90s. May have been 1992. But apparently there was a phantom call at the end that lead to game winning free throws for clay county. Fans erupted and we had to escorted out of the not only the gym but the county. I didn’t know what was going on but my mom tells me the story all the time.

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    When i saw this tread, my first thought was Clay in the 80's and bam there it is when I opened the tread too funny. I played in the 13th and also in the 49th during this time and have witnessed the madness at the pit,many times.

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    The only correct answer is Clay County and not just in basketball, either.

    I was over there for a football game once, visitors had the ball at the 3-yard line going in on the right hash mark (2-point try). Clay County jumped offsides. Ball should have moved half the distance to the goal...ref moved it up 1/2 yard. When someone yelled at the ref that the ball was placed wrong, his reply was, "Field is marked wrong ball is right!"

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    I believe Hopkinsville had a long win streak at home against region 2 opponents that stretched 2 or 3 years that Henderson County ended in the 2015 season.

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    Madisonville had a 50-game home winning streak in the late 1980's...with Travis Ford running the show, a few foreign exchange students and Don Parson on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    From my perspective, it had to be Clay Co. back in the early eighties to early nineties when Coach Keith stalked the sidelines. Man, I hated that guy back in the day! He was a big, tall terrorizing presence on the sidelines. He had officials so intimidated , especially in Manchester. They were like little toy black and white striped soldiers being easily manipulated in his giant hands.

    I went to a Corbin game over in Manchester back during the era mentioned above. The game was pretty tight the whole way. Corbin made a bucket late to "win" the game, much to Coach Keith's chagrin. He ranted, he raved , he stalked the refs ...Corbin fans danced in jubilation. A win in Clay County back then was a big , big deal. But wait... a foul was called AFTER the final horn had sounded . Corbin players had already begun celebrating a big win!!! Keith had gotten his way. Who knows, maybe it was he who blew the damned whistle. Clay made the phantom foul shots and ended up being declared the winner. Such shenanigans back in the day.

    I went to a Corbin-Clay game over in Manchester this year. It's just not the same house without Coach Keith. The aura .... the magic was gone. Apparently, it died with the legend himself. No cheating from the refs, not much emotion in the building... just not the same Clay Co. Of course, Clay is way down this year, so it's somewhat understandable. They have had some really good teams in recent years , yet it's just not the same environment as when Coach Keith prowled the sidelines. The man was a legend. I got to meet him once. I saw him in Corbin back in the early nineties at a game. He was there scouting for an potential upcoming post-season game with the Hounds. I had never liked him much at all but I respected what he had accomplished. So I asked him for an autograph and he kindly obliged. I hated him a little less after that. But just a little.

    Clay County won 120 consecutive home games from 1984 - 1993. Talk about some home cooking!!! But I have to give the devil his due, Coach Keith could flat out coach them up. He is a true coaching legend and the biggest reason that Clay had the biggest home court edge in history. Teams were beaten before the game ever started. RIP Coach . Keith was the real Coach K...
    The guy finished his career with an astounding winning percentage of 86%.

    I don't know if there will ever be another 120 consecutive home wins by any school anywhere.

    Besides Clay County, where were some other great home court advantages in the state, back in the day? Where are some tough environments to play present-day? Some think it's tough to leave Corbin with a win. Those people must have never seen a game from Manchester back in the eighties. If you were a visiting coach, what venue would give you nightmares ? Did you ever get to experience Bobby Keith in his natural habitat in Manchester?
    I remember John Pelfry talking about when he, Joey Couch and the rest of the Paintsville team played Clay County at Clay County. He said before the game the refs were meeting with the team captains out on the court. Pelfry said the ref looked at him and said, "Paintsville, this will be your goal to start the game" and pointed to a goal. He said the ref then looked at Richie Farmer and said, " And Richie that will be OUR goal to start the game. " Pelfry said needless to say they never got out of Clay County with a win.

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    Before I opened the thread, Clay County was what came to my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    The only correct answer is Clay County and not just in basketball, either.

    I was over there for a football game once, visitors had the ball at the 3-yard line going in on the right hash mark (2-point try). Clay County jumped offsides. Ball should have moved half the distance to the goal...ref moved it up 1/2 yard. When someone yelled at the ref that the ball was placed wrong, his reply was, "Field is marked wrong ball is right!"
    That is so Clay County-ish!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WESTSIDE View Post
    I remember John Pelfry talking about when he, Joey Couch and the rest of the Paintsville team played Clay County at Clay County. He said before the game the refs were meeting with the team captains out on the court. Pelfry said the ref looked at him and said, "Paintsville, this will be your goal to start the game" and pointed to a goal. He said the ref then looked at Richie Farmer and said, " And Richie that will be OUR goal to start the game. " Pelfry said needless to say they never got out of Clay County with a win.

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    Clay Co. lost a game at home back in the early nineties to an Australian team. They later claimed the game was just an exhibition and wouldn't count as a loss to end their streak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    Before I opened the thread, Clay County was what came to my mind.
    Same here

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    Paducah Tilghman in the 70’s-80’s was a bear at home. Owensboro, too.

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