BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Blackcats hope faster pace results in successful  year

Prestonsburg will look to improve on last year’s 16-16 mark under second-year head coach Brent Rose.

The Blackcats will count heavily on four of its top returners – senior Adam Slone (13 ppg., 8 rebs.), senior Graham Burchett (12 ppg., 8 rebs.), junior Grant Justice (6 ppg., 8 assists) and junior Will Gullett (5 ppg., 5 rebs.).

Rose said his team is much quicker than last season and his squad will look to play at a faster pace.

“We improved near the end of the season last year,” Rose said. “Our defensive pressure improved with Clayton Smith, Kaleb Jarvis and Justice.”

Rose will rely on two top newcomers in junior Gunner Williams  and freshman Ryan Rose.

The goal is simple – see a much-improved team this season.

The Blackcats will open at home against Knott Central on Dec .3.

Prestonsburg schedule

Dec.  3             Knott Central              Home

Dec. 7              Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout

Letcher Central at Pike County Central

Dec. 10            Magoffin County        Home

Dec. 14            East Ridge                  Away

Dec. 17            Floyd  Central             Away

Dec .19-21      Hi-Tech Signs/Graphix  Classic

Morgan County, Wolfe County, Pike Central

Dec. 27-28, 30            Sunshine Classic

TBA, TBA, TBA, at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Jan. 3               Betsy Layne                Home

Jan. 7               Lawrence County       Away

Jan. 9               Phelps                          Away

Jan. 15             Pike Central                Away

Jan. 17             15th Region All  ‘A’ Classic

Shelby Valley at Appy Wireless Arena

Jan. 24             Lawrence County       Home

Jan. 28             Belfry                          Away

Jan. 31             Betsy Layne                Away

Feb. 1              Scott Blank Classic

Breathitt County at Buckhorn

Feb. 4              Magoffin County        Away

Feb. 6              East Ridge                  Home

Feb. 7              Knox Central              Away

Feb. 11            Menifee County          Away

Feb. 14            Floyd Central              Home

Feb. 15            Powell County            Home

Feb. 18            Martin County            Away

Feb. 20            Phelps                          Home