Well one thing seems to be for sure — the Pulaski County Maroons certainly appear to be ready for the post season.
On Monday night — playing their fourth game in a six days during a brutal stretch to end the regular season — the Maroons closed things out at The PC Gym against Boyle County, and simply thumped the visiting Rebels thanks to an offensive clinic in the second half.
The game against Boyle County culminated a six-day stretch that had seen John Fraley’s club win on the road at arch-rivals Somerset and Southwestern, and then score 92 points in a victory over Danville on Sunday afternoon.
On Monday night — despite a slow start out of the gate — PC finally got going after halftime on its way to a 71-39 beatdown over the visiting Rebels.
“This game was a grind in the first half for us, and I don’t think we were really there mentally or physically,” stated a very happy coach Fraley after his team’s win.
“We’ve had just a brutal stretch of games over the past week, and this was our fourth game in six days, and I’m not sure our legs were there,” added the PC coach. “I told the kids at halftime it was something they were just going to have to battle through, and they came out in the second half and did exactly that.”
Indeed coach Fraley — message received.
The Maroons only led Boyle County by five points at the intermission by a score of 23-18 in a low-scoring game, but in the second half, PC looked every bit like a 12th Regional favorite.
In that decisive second half, Fraley’s club shot a mind-boggling 84 percent from the field, hitting on 21-25 field goal attempts. Ballgame.
Colton Fraley — who drained five three-point baskets in the contest — paced the Maroons with a game-high 19 points.
Sophomore Zach Travis added 17 points, Grant Oakes tallied 14 points, and KJ Combs added 10 points for the Maroons, who finished the regular season with an outstanding, 23-5 record.
The Maroons will now enjoy a much-needed seven-day layoff before facing Rockcastle County next Tuesday night in the first round of the Boy’s 47th District Tournament from Rockcastle County High School.
That game is set to get underway at 6 p.m., and will be followed by the Casey County — Somerset game.
The championship game of the boy’s tourney is scheduled for next Thursday night at Rockcastle County High School at 7 p.m.
Both Somerset and Pulaski County beat each other this season on the other team’s home floor, and both clubs finished with identical, 5-1 records in district play.
That meant at Monday’s 47th District Tournament meeting at Rockcastle County High School, the two clubs had to await a coin flip to determine the district’s number one seed.
Pulaski County head coach John Fraley got to call the flip, and he chose heads, but the quarter landed on tails, meaning Somerset was given the top seed, and will face Casey County next Tuesday evening, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. at Rockcastle County High School in the first round of the boy’s tourney.
“It really is the scariest game of the year, because everybody’s record goes back to 0 and 0,” stated Somerset head coach Jeron Dunbar.
“You’re going to get everybody’s best shot, and when we played Casey County the last time, they came out and punched us in the mouth early in that game, and they got up six or eight points and we had to battle back,” added the Somerset head coach. “We’ve got the experience, and I think we’ve got a little more physical players than they do, but it’s going to be a battle. You take no one for granted at this time of the year.”
The Briar Jumpers are 21-5 headed into the final week of the regular season — a week that will see Somerset play on Tuesday night at Garrard County, while finishing out the campaign on Thursday night with a home game against Danville.
Somerset will be a prohibitive favorite against Casey County, but as Dunbar said, anything can happen when it comes to the post season in Kentucky hoops.
Meanwhile, John Fraley’s Pulaski County Maroons — thanks to that coin flip — will have to play Rockcastle County in a loser goes home game on the Rockets home floor in round one of the tourney.
Pulaski County handled The Rock fairly easy this season, winning game one at Rockcastle County 85-56, and winning the game at The PC Gym 74-46.
This time — next Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m., the stakes will be much higher, with a berth to the 12th Regional Tournament — which will be held at Pulaski County High School on the Maroons home court — on the line for both teams.
While most coaches might cringe at the thought of having to play a team on its home floor in an elimination game in the first round of a district tourney, coach Fraley says that he can’t worry about Rockcastle County — his focus headed into the post season is on his own ballclub, the Pulaski County Maroons.
“We’ve just got to play the team that’s in front of us, and worry about us and not them,” stated the PC head coach.
“We’ve got to worry about us and try to get healthy, and we need to shore up some things defensively, and just keep working and be ready when the ball goes up next Tuesday,” Fraley added.
The Maroons are 22-5 on the season headed into Monday night’s regular season finale at home against Boyle County, and will be a big favorite to advance to the district championship game which will be held next Thursday night at Rockcastle County High School.
The Girl’s 47th District Tournament will kick off post season play next Monday night, with the Pulaski County Lady Maroons facing Rockcastle County at 6 p.m., with Somerset taking on Casey County in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
The girl’s championship game will be played next Wednesday night, February 26th.
On Sunday afternoon, the Pulaski County Maroons honored seniors Logan Bates, Colton Fraley, Garrett Heath, and Grant Oakes before John Fraley and company got down to business.
And on Sunday afternoon, business was good.
Coming off of Friday night’s 61-59 win over Southwestern, Fraley and company got back at it on Sunday afternoon against visiting Danville, and the Maroons were impressive to say the least.
Five Maroons hit for double figures, led by sophomore Zach Travis who poured in a game-high 26 points, helping PC move to 22-5 on the season with a 92-80 win over the Admirals.
“We did a lot of good things offensively today, and we still think we left a lot of points out there, because we missed several easy shots early today,” stated a very happy coach Fraley immediately after the game.
“I was really proud of the way our guys played at the offensive end today,” added Fraley.
Despite the great day offensively, the Maroon actually got off to somewhat of a slow start against Danville.
In fact, the Maroons didn’t score for over two minutes to begin the game, but a hoop from one of those four seniors — Logan Bates — at the 5:41 mark of the first period got Pulaski County off and running.
Travis meanwhile scored 10 of his 26 points in the opening frame, that saw the game knotted up at 16-16 at the end of the first period of play.
PC led Danville 36-34 at halftime, and led the Ads 57-53 at the end of the third frame.
Coming down the stretch of the contest in the fourth quarter, Pulaski County finally put Danville away, aided in large part from work the Maroons were able to do at the charity stripe.
In that final eight minutes with the game still in doubt, Pulaski County hit 16-19 free throw attempts from the foul line in the fourth quarter, enabling Fraley and company to pick up their fourth win in a row — four wins over quality teams such as Mercer County, Somerset, Southwestern, and Danville.
And, the win also gave the seniors — playing in the next to last regular season game of their prep careers on their home floor — a nice Sunday afternoon sendoff indeed.
“Those guys have been through it all, and they laid the groundwork for what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past four years,” stated coach Fraley.
“Colton (Fraley) was an integral part of that first year when we won the region, and the other three have kind of grown up in front of us,” added the Pulaski County coach. “Right now they’re just seasoned veterans. It’s really nice to be able to lean on that especially in the fourth quarter.
It’s nice to have Colton (Fraley) out there and know that Grant Oakes is going to go get it, and (Logan) Bates is a kid that once he gets the ball on the block, he’s a hard kid to handle,” Fraley continued. “I just wish G (Garrett Heath) would have been able to play tonight, because he’s just done so many special things for us defensively. These guys have meant the world to this program, and these younger guys we have coming back have some very big shoes to fill.”
Travis led all scorers with his 26 points, followed by KJ Combs who added 18 points for the Maroons in the win.
Caleb Sloan also hit for double figures with 15 points, freshman Barek Williams came off the PC bench to score 13 points, and Colton Fraley added 10 points.
Pulaski County will close out the regular season on Monday night at home in a boy-girl doubleheader at The PC Gym.
The Maroons will face Boyle County in the first game at 6 p.m., followed by the girl’s contest, which will feature the Lady Maroons squaring off against Russell County.
After snapping an eight-game losing streak on Thursday night with a hard-fought win at Simmons College, the Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers returned home on Saturday afternoon at Pulaski County High School and notched their second win in three days.
Al Gover’s club raced out to a 22-point lead by the intermission over visiting Boyce College, and cruised from there, leading the Bulldogs from wire to wire with an impressive, 92-79 victory.
“I think today was maybe one of our better performances all year, especially in the first half with our offensive patience, and getting the shots that we wanted to get,” stated a very happy Gover after his club’s win.
“We didn’t shoot a lot of bad shots that led to transition baskets for the other team, and we’re getting better in those areas, and I think it showed today in the first half,” added the Tigers coach. “We knocked down shots, because we got better shots out of our offense, instead of our guys going out there and trying to create their own shots.”
Campbellsville-Somerset took control of things early on, racing out to a very comfortable, 57-35 lead over the Bulldogs by halftime.
And, it was because of the great shot selection within the offense by the Tigers that coach Gover eluded to.
Seven CU-Somerset players hit the scoring column in the opening half of play, led by reserve Kenyan McKee, who tallied 15 of his 17 points in the contest in the first half off the bench.
The Tigers – leading Boyce College by that 22-point margin at the intermission – was never really threatened in the second half, as Gover’s club rolled to the 92-79 victory, improving to 7-19 on the season.
The win over the Bulldogs – CU-Somerset’s third game in as many days – culminated a tough stretch for Gover’s club, who has been hampered with key injuries all season long.
Case in point; the Tigers only dressed eight players for Saturday’s contest against Boyce College, but for this season at least, that’s a trend that coach Gover has grown accustomed to – not knowing day in and day out who was going to be available to suit up and play.
“It’s been a struggle with this team this year, because we never really knew who we were going to have from day to day,”lamented Gover.
“We’ve had all kinds of injuries throughout the year, and we’ve had setback after setback, but to our kid’s credit, they’ve kept fighting and they’ve battled,” stated the CU-Somerset head coach. “Their effort was really good today I thought, but this was our third game in three days, and there in the second half it was pretty evident at least to me that our guys legs were pretty much gone.”
Deion Finnison led a balanced scoring attack for CU-Somerset in the win, leading the Tigers with a game-high 22 points.
McKee added 17 points in the win, Antwan Hurt tallied 15 points, while TC Wright had 12 points, and Meith Reclow – despite fighting foul trouble for much of the day – also hit for double figures with 11 points.
The Tigers will return to action on Thursday night for their home finale of the season, playing host to arch-rival Campbellsville-Harrodsburg.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be played at Somerset Christian School.
One night after a 34-point loss at arch-rival Southwestern, coach Chris Adkins and the Pulaski County Lady Maroons rebounded from that disappointing loss to pick up a much-needed victory over McCreary Central on Saturday evening.
The Lady Maroons took control of this one from the outset, holding the Lady Raiders to only two points in the first quarter, while racing out to a very comfortable margin — 30-13 by the intermission.
McCreary Central tried to claw its way back, outscoring Pulaski County 19-10 in the fourth quarter, but thanks to PC building up a 20-point lead through three quarters of play at 47-27, the Lady Raiders simply had too big of a hill to climb.
Haylee Ridner led Pulaski County in the win with 13 points, while Heidi Thompson chipped in with 12 points.
Pulaski County — 15-11 on the season — will return to action on Monday night at The PC Gym at 7:30 p.m., hosting the Russell County Lady Lakers.
It’s been a special year up to this point of the season for the Pulaski County Maroons, and thanks to a fourth-quarter rally on Friday night at Southwestern, head coach John Fraley and company continued their path toward what could possibly wind up as a very magical season indeed.
Trailing arch-rival Southwestern by five points in the fourth quarter, Fraley’s club got up and dusted itself off the mat to regain the lead, and then came up with the pivotal stop on the final play of the game, knocking off the Warriors for the second time this season, with a very hard-fought, 61-59 victory, improving to 21-5 on the year with the win.
Early on, this one was all Pulaski County, as the Maroons led from wire to wire in the opening half of play — leading the game by as much as nine points.
The Maroons took a 32-30 lead into the locker room at halftime, but in the third period, thanks to the fact Southwestern began the second half on an 8-0 run, PC all of a sudden was on the wrong end of a 38-32 score, trailing the Warriors for the first time in the contest.
The Warriors eventually would build their lead up to as many as seven points in the third quarter, but behind the play of KJ Combs, Zach Travis, and Grant Oakes, the Maroons would rally to knot things back up at 48-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
In that final stanza, Pulaski County led the Warriors late at 55-50, but once again Chris Baker’s club would fight back.
Southwestern went on a modest, 6-0 spurt, to claw back in front of PC 56-55, setting things up for yet, another classic between these two rivals.
The Maroons eventually regained the lead, but after a couple of back and forth baskets, the game was tied up at 59-59 with less than :20 remaining on the clock.
PC’s Colton Fraley was fouled with 07.3 remaining in the game, and calmly made both of his free throw attempts, giving the Maroons a 61-59 lead.
After a Southwestern timeout, Cole Dysinger went up for a would-be game-tying shot, but the ball slipped out of his hands as he went up, and PC had survived yet another thriller against the Warriors.
Combs led everybody with a game-high 23 points, while Oakes and Travis each added 10 points for a Maroon team that improved to 21-5 on the season with the win.
Southwestern was paced by Brayden Sims with 14 points, while Dysinger added 11 points for the Warriors, who fell to 14-13 on the year with the loss.
Pulaski County will return to action on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to host the Danville Admirals at The PC Gym, while Southwestern will be on the road on Tuesday night, taking on Perry County Central.