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Cougars fall to Knights

ROANOKE — The opening game of the River Ridge District regular season was a hard fought, back and forth affair with the Pulaski County Cougars coming out on the short end 69-63 losing to the Cave Spring Knights.
Cave Spring put four players into double figures, led by 6-10 Josh Henderson with 18 points. Guards Quentin Dill and Mark Overstreet each had 14 points apiece and Adam Hager tossed in 10 for the victorious Knights whose record is now 8-3 overall and 1-0 in the district.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in the district.
Pulaski County was led by Virginia Tech football-bound Nubian Peak who scored 16 points, and Ondre Powell came off the bench to throw in 11 points.
Peak and Powell scored 10 points in the opening quarter as the Knights led 16-14 after one.
The big happening in the quarter was senior Carter White’s picking up two quick fouls in the first two minutes and had to sit out the rest of the quarter. He was held to just two points in the entire first half.
The Cougars found themselves down 31-28 as the second quarter was coming to an end and the Knights’ Dill crossed half court and threw up a shot as he was falling out of bounds that went in to give the Knights a 34-28 halftime lead.
Pulaski County kept fighting back as the two teams exchanged 8-0 runs in the third quarter as they cut the margin down to three and found themselves down 47-44 heading to the last quarter.
With the score 49-48 Cave, the Cougars came down the court four straight times, but couldn’t score and in the end this would cost Pulaski County.
Overstreet scored the next six point to put the Knights up 55-50 with 4:12 to go.
The teams exchanged goals as Dill, Hager and Overstreet hurt the Cougars in the last four and a half minutes as they came up with the big goal, big defensive play and the Cougars just couldn’t come up with a big stop or big score.
“I think this was our best effort of the season,” said Cougars head coach Mark Hanks. “Cave Spring spreads the court and their guards are good and Henderson is a real good player.
“I thought Nubian did a terrific job taking the action to Henderson inside,” Hanks continued.
Pulaski County takes on its arch rival Salem Spartans Friday night in the Cougar Den as this is the only Friday night home game of the season.
“I sure hope to have a big crowd for this Friday night game,” Hanks stated.
“Salem’s Barnettte twins, the Harvey kid and point guard Jerome Hairston make the Spartans the most athletic team in the district,” Hanks added.

Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m. Friday night with varsity action getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

Pulaski County 14 14 16 19—63
Cave Spring 16 18 13 22—69

Pulaski County (63)
N. Peak 16, Powell 11, White 7, Burgis 7, Mattox 6, Quesenberry 5, Graham 5, Samples 2, Cox 2, T. Peak 2. Totals: 26 8-12 63.
Cave Spring (69)
Henderson 18, Overstreet 14, Dill 14, Hager 10, Lacy 8, White 3, Jacobsen 2. Totals: 25 13-20 69.
Three-point goals: Pulaski County 3 (Graham, Quesenberry, Burgis); Cave Spring 6 (Dill 2, Hager 2, Overstreet, White)
Total fouls: Pulaski County 19, Cave Spring 14.
Fouled out: None

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Cougars fall to Knights

ROANOKE — The opening game of the River Ridge District regular season was a hard fought, back and forth affair with the Pulaski County Cougars coming out on the short end 69-63 losing to the Cave Spring Knights.
Cave Spring put four players into double figures, led by 6-10 Josh Henderson with 18 points. Guards Quentin Dill and Mark Overstreet each had 14 points apiece and Adam Hager tossed in 10 for the victorious Knights whose record is now 8-3 overall and 1-0 in the district.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in the district.
Pulaski County was led by Virginia Tech football-bound Nubian Peak who scored 16 points, and Ondre Powell came off the bench to throw in 11 points.
Peak and Powell scored 10 points in the opening quarter as the Knights led 16-14 after one.
The big happening in the quarter was senior Carter White’s picking up two quick fouls in the first two minutes and had to sit out the rest of the quarter. He was held to just two points in the entire first half.
The Cougars found themselves down 31-28 as the second quarter was coming to an end and the Knights’ Dill crossed half court and threw up a shot as he was falling out of bounds that went in to give the Knights a 34-28 halftime lead.
Pulaski County kept fighting back as the two teams exchanged 8-0 runs in the third quarter as they cut the margin down to three and found themselves down 47-44 heading to the last quarter.
With the score 49-48 Cave, the Cougars came down the court four straight times, but couldn’t score and in the end this would cost Pulaski County.
Overstreet scored the next six point to put the Knights up 55-50 with 4:12 to go.
The teams exchanged goals as Dill, Hager and Overstreet hurt the Cougars in the last four and a half minutes as they came up with the big goal, big defensive play and the Cougars just couldn’t come up with a big stop or big score.
“I think this was our best effort of the season,” said Cougars head coach Mark Hanks. “Cave Spring spreads the court and their guards are good and Henderson is a real good player.
“I thought Nubian did a terrific job taking the action to Henderson inside,” Hanks continued.
Pulaski County takes on its arch rival Salem Spartans Friday night in the Cougar Den as this is the only Friday night home game of the season.
“I sure hope to have a big crowd for this Friday night game,” Hanks stated.
“Salem’s Barnettte twins, the Harvey kid and point guard Jerome Hairston make the Spartans the most athletic team in the district,” Hanks added.

Junior varsity action begins at 6 p.m. Friday night with varsity action getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

Pulaski County 14 14 16 19—63
Cave Spring 16 18 13 22—69

Pulaski County (63)
N. Peak 16, Powell 11, White 7, Burgis 7, Mattox 6, Quesenberry 5, Graham 5, Samples 2, Cox 2, T. Peak 2. Totals: 26 8-12 63.
Cave Spring (69)
Henderson 18, Overstreet 14, Dill 14, Hager 10, Lacy 8, White 3, Jacobsen 2. Totals: 25 13-20 69.
Three-point goals: Pulaski County 3 (Graham, Quesenberry, Burgis); Cave Spring 6 (Dill 2, Hager 2, Overstreet, White)
Total fouls: Pulaski County 19, Cave Spring 14.
Fouled out: None

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