Written by Greg Bird
Friday, 11 December 2009
After opening the season 0-2, the McCreary Central Raiders were eager to notch their first win of the year.
Tuesday night, the Pulaski County Maroons gave the Raiders just what they needed to get back on the winning track, a 75-48 win.
McCreary dominated from the perimeter, draining 10 three-pointers over the course of the game as they cruised to their first win of the year.
The Raiders set the tone early with Aaron Watts and Zack Roark both hitting treys to take a 6-0 lead and forcing a Pulaski County time out before three minutes expired in the opening quarter.
After the break, the Maroons got on the board with a Tyler Goins basket, but Ben Wright hit back-to-back treys to take a 12-2 lead.
In all, McCreary hit seven treys in the first half to take a 34-22 lead into the break, and the Maroons were struggling to keep up.
Sean Privett started the second half with a strong statement, pounding home a dunk that set the tone for the final two quarters.
McCreary continued to expand their lead throughout the half, putting the game out of reach for the struggling Maroons.
While pleased with the win, Raiders Coach Robert Jones knows McCreary still has a long road ahead of them.
“Our plan is to get better every game, and I think we have done that so far,” said Jones. “We started the season against some very good teams and we had our chances to win both of them.”
“There are still some things we have to work on, but I think we are headed in the right direction.”
McCreary continued to have issues with turnovers Tuesday night and were not as dominant on the rebounds as they could have been, but Jones believes those aspects of the game will fall into place as the season continues.
“We are working on that, as well as strengthening our defense and press,” he said. “By the end of the season, hopefully, everything will be in place.”
McCreary improved to 1-2 win the win while Pulaski County dropped to 0-2.
Watts led all scorers with 27 points, followed by Zack Roark with 19, Tyson Williams with 9, Ben Wright with 8, Sean Privett with 7, Jacob Dixon with 4 Tyler Perry with 2 and Tyler Ball with 2.
The Raiders face another tough challenge Friday night when they travel to West Jessamine to take on the defending 12th Region Champions. The Raiders knocked off the Colts at McCreary in the regular season with a 47-46 win, but couldn’t hold on during the Regional Championship game, falling 47-42. West Jessamine enters the game with an 0-1 record after dropping their season opener to Boone County Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.
McCreary opens their home schedule next Tuesday when they host the Wayne County Cardinals. The Cardinals are 3-1 after wins against Rockcastle County, Mercer County and the Australian Travel Team, but lost their last game, 74-64 to Lincoln County.