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Roundball Preview: Pulaski County Maroons

PULASKI, Ky. (WYMT) -- The Pulaski County football team will be playing for a state championship on Saturday, Dec. 7, but basketball season is one day away.

The concentration entering the 2013-14 season is on the focus of the team, especially since the Maroons lost several key players to graduation.

"Day-by-day, it is something that you have to guard against because our focus -- I can see it in practices early on since we started -- is something that we have to pay attention to because we can get off track,” head coach Alan Gover said. “And I think that's something they will learn as they go. We had some seniors last year that were pretty focused players. We just got to keep them busy. Always have a learning environment -- a teaching environment for them because we are having to do more teaching this year than we have done in the past."

The Maroons will be led by a couple of juniors, including Blake Burton and Sean Ross.

"We are going to be scrappy, we are going to play hard and we are going to play together,” Burton, who started for most of last season, said. “We are going to be smaller than a lot of people, but we will be quick and we will get after you on defense."

"I feel this team plays more like a scrappier, hustling team and I feel like that will help us a lot,” Ross, who is a forward, said. “More defensive minded and less offensive. We are not going to be scoring up in the 80s and 90s. It's going to be lower. But we have to hold the other team to a lower average."

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