By DOUG EADS
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.