TIMES STAFF REPORT
PIKEVILLE - East Kentucky professional basketball fans still have an opportunity to get an an early dose of hardwood holiday cheer as the East Kentucky Miners get set to entertain CBA American Conference opponent Pittsburgh Sunday. In all, East Kentucky will have played four games in five days in two cities when Sunday's game tips off.
East Kentucky hosted the tradition-rich Albany Patroons in a pair of games Wednesday and Thursday. After traveling to Pittsburgh today for a road game tonight versus the Xplosion, East Kentucky will return home to host the same CBA foe Sunday at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
The storied Albany professional basketball franchise has produced NBA coaches Phil Jackson and George Karl.
Former NBA player Vincent Askew currently guides Albany as its head coach. Forward Amal McCaskill, another NBA veteran, ranks as one of Albany's top players. McCaskill (Marquette, ‘96) is averaging 20.7 points per game.
Earlier in the month, Albany claimed a pair of wins over the Miners. Albany defeated East Kentucky 125-120 in overtime in one of the two previous meetings. The Patroons owned a 2-0 record in games played against the Miners prior to this week.
“We have to come ready to play against Albany, one of the best teams in the league,” said East Kentucky Coach Kevin Keathley. “The 125-120 overtime loss to Albany earlier in the season was one of our best games thus far.”
The Miners have been hard at work in practice.
“Practice has went well,” Keathley confided. “Our guys are ready to get back out on the floor.”
East Kentucky had won two of its last four games heading into the week. The Miners defeated American Conference frontrunner Minot 101-98 Sunday.
Tickets for each of East Kentucky's upcoming home games remain available and may be obtained by calling the Miners ticket office at 606/437-9715.