Maroons drop contest to St. Xavier Saturday, 89-73
By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent Commonwealth Journal
Pulaski County had a good performance, but unfortunately Saint Xavier couldn’t seem to miss anything.
On the strength of 12 three-pointers, the visiting Tigers came away with an 89-73 victory over the home standing Pulaski County Maroons on Saturday evening in the second round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic at PC Gym.
Saint X, who had five different players finish in double figures on the night, advanced to the semifinals of the winner’s bracket with the 16-point victory over the Maroons. Pulaski County, meanwhile, earned a match-up with cross-town rival Somerset.
Despite the loss to the Tigers, head coach Al Gover was pleased with the way his team battled all-game long.
“I thought our effort was great – we played hard and we battled,” told Gover. “We got beat by a better team tonight. If they always shoot the ball that way, good luck beating them. I don’t see anyone beating them when they’re shooting the ball like that. They make themselves tough to guard because of all the action within their offense.”
The Tigers ran out to a 28-17 first quarter lead over the Maroons on the strength of four treys. Burgess led the way for Saint X in the frame with 8 points.
Midway through the opening period, the Maroons trailed by a lone point at 7-6. Burgess and the Tigers would then go on a 9-0 run to widen the gap.
At the intermission, the Maroons went into the locker room trailing by a 50-38 margin. Pulaski County was paced by Peyton Gover’s 9 points in the second quarter, which was a period that saw the Tigers outscore the Maroons by a 22-21 margin.
After three quarters in the books, Saint X held a 66-52 advantage over Pulaski County after outscoring the Maroons by a 16-14 total. Sean Ross and Riley Hall both scored 5 points each in the quarter for the ‘Maroon and White.’
The Tigers would go on to win by an 89-73 total to up their overall record to 8-1 on the season. For Pulaski County, it was their second loss of the season, as they fell to 6-2.
Pulaski County threatened the Tigers many times, but a turnover would end what momentum the Maroons had. Gover also added that his team matured in the setback.
“We would get it pretty close, then make some freshman and sophomore mistakes,” told the veteran Maroons basketball coach. “We played hard tonight – there is no question about that. I thought we grew up a little bit tonight.”
Burgess’ 20 points were good enough for a contest-high. Robert Shaw chimed in with 19 points and Andrew Marquess had 15 points. Lucas Miller and William Olsen both hit double figures, scoring 11 points each in the victory.
The Maroons were led by the 19-point performance from junior Blake Burton. Gover finished with 16 points on the night, while Hall added in with 15 points. Jake Johnson finished in double digits with an 11-point evening.