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December 28, 2013

Maroons overcome rough start, scratch Panthers 79-54

Somerset —

Despite a rough start against winless Cumberland County, the Pulaski County Maroons used big second and third quarters to power their way to a 79-54 victory in the first night of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic on Friday evening at PC Gym.
With the 25-point victory over the visiting Panthers, Al Gover and the Maroons advanced to the second round of the winner’s bracket, where they met up with St. Xavier. Also with the win, the Maroons upped their record to 6-1 on the year.
“We didn’t come out ready to play in the first half, and it showed – we were sluggish in our play,” began Gover. “We came out with some energy and some effort in the second half. Our defensive intensity picked up a little bit, which allowed to widen the lead. We’ve got to learn to come out ready to play every night.”
Cumberland County, who came into the game with a winless 0-6 record, made it a game early against the Maroons. After one quarter in the books, both teams were tied up at 16-16.
Gover is hoping his team will learn not to look past any team on their schedule for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
“Hopefully our guys will learn from tonight,” stated the Maroon coach. “You can’t overlook anybody, no matter what their record is. Cumberland County came out early and played really well, hitting a lot of shots. When you overlook teams, you usually get yourself in trouble.”
The Maroons had a big second quarter, outscoring the Panthers by a margin of 24-9. Thanks to the strong play in the second frame, Pulaski County went into the locker room with a 40-25 advantage.
Pulaski County had another big frame in the third quarter, outscoring Cumberland County by a 26-11 margin. Heading into the fourth and final quarter, Gover’s squad held a 66-36 lead over the Panthers.

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