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Kentucky Flash add length and size for spring

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By Sam Draut

 The Kentucky Flash, La Grange’s semi-professional basketball team, begins its spring season next week.

Coach Charles Hickman relocated the team from Dayton last year and the Flash competed in the National Professional Basketball Association (NPBA) 10-game fall season with homes games at La Grange Community Center.

Hickman, an Oldham County resident, said his team had a bounce back fall season, finishing 9-2. The Flash went 1-12 last spring.

Montrell Little averaged 29 points last fall.

“He played exceptional for us,” Hickman said. “To have him back and add some new guys is going to be great because now we have a little more size.”

The roster has added more length and size as now seven players are 6-foot-5 or taller.

“I have a bigger team, but they can push the guys that can handle the ball,” Hickman said. 

Melvyn Little, who played in several games last year before an injury, is a member of the Flash’s backcourt.

The Flash added point guard, Kalen Kimberland, along with Stuart Jackson and Darnell Berry, two players Hickman said are lengthy and athletic. Tevin Andrews, another new addition, can play multiple positions.

“They seem very hungry,” Hickman said. “They’re a group of guys that are going to work hard and put on a show.”

Hickman looks for players with a high basketball IQ and has found players with experience playing professionally overseas.

While some players attempt to garner attention from other professional leagues, Hickman said some players have college eligibility left, so the Flash can be an opportunity to get film to college coaches after the completion of high school basketball.

The admission is $5 and $3 for students. Hickman encourages any youth organizations wanting to perform during halftime of games to contact him at email charles_hickman@icloud.com.

Roster: Guy Oliver, Melvyn Little, Kalen Kimberland, Leonard Macon, Stuart Jackson, Tevin Andrews, Brandon Williams, Stephon Black, Montrell Little and Darnell Berry

Schedule:

Feb. 9 at Bluegrass Bulls

Feb. 16 at Kentucky Enforcers

Feb. 23 vs. Louisville Diesel             6 p.m.

March 9 vs. Dayton Sharks              4 p.m.

March 16 vs. Tennessee Sting          4 p.m.

March 17 vs. Music City Kings         2 p.m.

March 23 at Smokey Mountain Blackbears

March 30 at Bluegrass Bulls

April 6 vs. S.E. Kentucky Soldiers    4 p.m.

April 13 at Tennessee Sting

April 20 at Louisville Diesel             3 p.m.

April 28 vs. Music City Kings           4 p.m.

May 4 vs. Smokey Mountain Blackbears

May 5 vs. Bluegrass Bulls

May 18 All-Star Weekend

May 25 at S.E. Soldiers

June 1 at Tennessee Sting