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December 31, 2012

Maroons overtake Warriors for title

Pulaski County goes into crosstown rival’s gym and wins 80-66 in Holiday Hoops Classic final

Somerset —  

The Pulaski County Maroons came into Sunday’s night match-up at the Wigwam with Southwestern having won six straight games against the Warriors.
Al Gover and the Maroons made it win number seven on Sunday evening, as they came away with an 80-66 victory over the Warriors in the championship game of the first annual Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic. 
For Pulaski, the victory clinched the tournament championship and allowed them to up their record to 9-3 on the year. The win brought a Southwestern nine-game winning streak to a halt. 
The Maroon head coach was pleased to come away with the victory, but it’s just a stepping stone that Pulaski hopes to build on.
“We want to win every game we play, but in the broad scheme of things, that’s not what we want - we want to get to Rupp Arena,” told Gover. “This is just one step in that direction. We’ve got to take this and build on it. We’re not going to be satisfied until we reach that goal of winning region.” 
After the Maroons led for much of the contest, Southwestern took their first lead of the night just over a minute into the second period, when junior David Kapinga broke a 17-17 tie with consecutive free-throws to put the Warriors up by two points at 19-17. 
The Warriors would lead by as much as six points at 29-23, but a pair of treys from Pulaski seniors Taylor Gover and Kody Johnson would cut into the Southwestern lead. With 2:37 left until the intermission, two free-throws from Gover knotted the game up at 31 apiece. 
Edwards and Gover would then trade baskets, keeping things tied up at 33-33. After Gover’s putback, Johnson hit a trey and Sean Ross made a lay-up to give the Maroons a five-point, 38-33 lead. Javonte Groves, a senior at Southwestern, would hit a three-pointer from the corner to cut the Pulaski lead to just two points.

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