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January 20, 2014

Kings kick off semi-pro basketball season



Miller worked for a decent look in the lane, but missed a short jumper amid contact as time expired.
"I came into this and didn't really know what to expect," Fraley said. "Now, my expectations are to be playing in June in Atlanta."
Those which emerge as the top two teams in the conference after a 15-game regular-season slate will move on to the postseason in Georgia's capital city.
The personal goal for many of these players is to possibly have a professional career in some manner, perhaps overseas, in the future.
Fraley, whose coaching experience consists of Rose Hill and Greenup County at the high school level, has noticed an immediate difference in his job.
"These guys can play!" he said. "It's kind of like (Kentucky coach John) Calipari. You have to manage egos, manage ball movement. These guys already know how to shoot, how to guard. You have to be more of a people manager than an X and O person."
Fraley does hope to develop a more defined inside-out game, considering 6-foot-8 forwards Chris Early, Miller and Williams bring plenty of talent to go with their size.
However, the 3-pointers were flying on both sides of the court. The Diesel drained 14 bombs, including seven by Sean Hampton, while the Kings splashed in a dozen. Drew Stevens notched 19 points, including five deep balls.
All of the crowd stuck around for the entertaining finish.
The teams play four 10-minute quarters and each player is allowed six fouls. Local high school officials worked the games on Saturday.
Moe's Southwest Grill and Little Caesar's were available as part of the concessions. 
Witt said he is hopeful beer will be available during the Kings' official season opener on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the Flash.
Cost of admission to all games will be $10.
"If people come out and give it a try," Fraley assured, "they'll enjoy it."
Kentucky Kings (99) — Miller 20, W. Jones 6, Tyson 6, Carter 2, Pennington 2, Robinson 4, Stevens 19, Williams 23, Early 13, Jackson 4, Cotton, C. Jones. 3-Pt. FG: 12 (Stevens 5, Miller 2, Tyson 2, Early, Robinson, W. Jones). FT: 18-23.
Louisville Diesel (100) — Richard 17, Turner 10, Kelly 12, Medley 5, Mitchell 29, Hampton 23, Hayden 4. 3-Pt. FG: 14 (Hampton 7, Mitchell 4, Kelly 2, Richard). FT: 12-17.

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