By DOUG EADS
MT. VERNON — After Friday night’s 81-54 win at 47th District foe Rockcastle County, Pulaski County head coach John Fraley refused to say it was his club’s best offensive showing of the season up to date.
However, it was pretty darn close.
Simply put, the Maroons rolled into Rockcastle County on Friday night and dump-trucked the Rockets, putting on an offensive clinic from start to finish.
Colton Fraley led a balanced-scoring attack for PC with 18 points, Grant Oaks added 17 points, and Jacob and KJ Combs each contributed 10 points, in a game that saw the Maroons barely break a sweat.
So, how would you rate that offensive performance coach Fraley? Was it the best one of the season?
“I’m not saying that, but it was definitely one of the best performances that we’ve had in a while,” stated a very happy Pulaski County head coach after his club’s fifth straight victory.
“We’ve been practicing and working hard at getting something like this, and tonight we got it,” continued Fraley. “We are beginning to trend upward and that’s good to see, and you want to be clicking at this time of year. Ultimately, we’re starting to get some things from some other kids that earlier in the year, we were going through some growing pains with them.”
After this game was tied up early at 7-7, Pulaski County put this one away and put the foot on the throttle with a 17-0 run, taking a 24-7 lead early in the second quarter over the Rockets.
And, it was Colton Fraley with four, three-point baskets that led the way for Pulaski County.
And, when Fraley wasn’t doing damage from the outside by hitting bomb after bomb from downtown, Grant Oaks was killing the Rockets on the inside, coming away with a double-double in the contest by simply owning the paint.
By halftime, the Maroons had this one on cruise control, with a 44-20 lead over The Rock, and Pulaski County extended that margin out to 68-37 through three quarters of play.
In all, nine players for PC scored in the win — a win that gave the Maroons their fifth straight victory and improved the Maroons to 14-7 on the season.
More importantly, the victory over Rockcastle County also improved PC to 4-1 in district play, setting up a monster, and I mean monster, game next Friday night against arch-rival Somerset at The PC Gym.
The Briar Jumpers — 12-8 on the year and 5-0 in district play — knocked off the Maroons earlier this month on January 7th at The Briar Patch by a final score of 88-81 in overtime.
So, a number one seed will be up for grabs next Friday night when these two old rivals meet yet again in another mammoth contest, this time on PC’s home floor.
Until then, Pulaski County has one game before that showdown against Somerset, as the Maroons will close out their six-game road streak on Tuesday night, taking on the Scotties of Mercer County in Harrodsburg.
That game is set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.