By DOUG EADS
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.