By DOUG EADS
After losing their season opener three days earlier at Madison Central, John Fraley and the Pulaski County Maroons returned home to the friendly confines of The PC Gym on Friday night, hungry for win number one of the season.
And, visiting McCreary Central turned out to be at the wrong place, wrong time.
Fraley’s club put nine players into the scoring column, had five players hit for double figures, and three of those were reserves that came off of the PC bench.
Still without starter Grant Oakes who is nursing a knee injury sustained almost two months ago on the football field, Pulaski County got a total team effort in an 86-63 blowout win over the Raiders, to even its record on the young season at 1-1.
“We had some balanced scoring tonight which is always good,” stated a very happy coach Fraley immediately following the game.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that have played a lot of basketball going all the way back to their middle school days, and they can put the ball in the basket,” continued the PC coach. “Now, we’ve just got to figure out the defensive side of it.”
PC sophomore Caleb Sloan was red-hot early on, scoring 13 of his team-high 19 points in the first half of play, helping propel the Maroons out to a comfortable halftime advantage, leading McCreary Central 55-36 at the intermission.
And, he had plenty of help, beginning with freshman guard Barek Williams.
Williams heaved off a shot just before the horn sounded to end the first half, and he drained it, extending the Maroon lead out to that 19-point margin at the intermission.
The frosh guard — thanks to that shot — added 12 points off the Maroons bench along with big-man Logan Bates who also tallied 12 points in a reserve role.
Colton Fraley added 11 points, while another PC reserve — Dalton Bertram — contributed 10 points, on a night when Pulaski County hit 14-15 free throw attempts, while looking very crisp offensively running its sets.
“It was important to get a ‘W’ and play better than we did the other night,” pointed out Fraley.
“We just didn’t play well at Madison Central, and we’re still trying to get (Grant) Oakes back from injury, so we’re having some other kids doing some things they’re not used to doing,” Fraley added. “Having said all of that, it was very nice to get win number one of the season tonight.”
The Maroons will return to action tonight at home against West Jessamine at 7:30 p.m.