By Rodney Young
SWT Sports Writer
Dublin – The Cougars entertained the Galax Maroon Tide and came out on the short end of a 51-48 score.
Pulaski County (2-4) had opportunities, but just couldn’t finish the deal. It was the opening game of the season for Galax, after finishing as the state runner up in champion football.
The Maroon Tide (1-0) led by 6′ 6″ Lawrence Parsons, who had 15 points and Austin Pack, 14. The Cougars got 12 points from Dominic Morris. Zack Akers and Tyler Frazier both chipped in with seven points each.
With Galax up 42-40 starting the final quarter, the Cougars had trouble finding the scoring column. They went over four minutes without scoring a point and Galax only produced two bucket to take a 46-40 advantage with just under four minutes left in the game.
Cougar sophomore Marcus Johnston hit a shot to snap the scoring drought. Then Tyler Frazier hit a three-pointer to cut the Maroon Tide lead to 46-45 with 2:25 remaining on the clock.
After a Galax bucket, Morris hit a jumper to pull the Cougars within one point with 29 seconds to go. Galax proceeded to hit one of two free throws to go up 49-47. The Cougars on their next possession committed a huge turnover.
Galax’s Austin Pack, hit one of two free throws to put the Tide up with only 6 seconds remaining. Frazier attempted a three-pointer and Galax was called for a foul. He went to the charity stripe and could only connect on one of the three shots.
“We need to develop that ‘embrace the moment’ feeling on this team,” said Cougar Head Coach Mark Hanks. “We’ve got to learn to finish these games, you have got to execute and be disciplined,” Hanks added.
Pulaski County will play E.C. Glass at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northside High School, in their Holiday Tournament.
The Cougars will play Thursday whether they win or lose. If they win, they will start at 6 p.m. If they lose, they start at 2:30. Their opponent will be either Christiansburg or William Byrd depending on the outcome of their games.
NOTE: Galax JV team beat the young Cougars 44-40.
The JV Cougars dropped to (2-4) on the season. Tyler Blevins had 15 points, Malik Eaves had seven, Marcus Payne and Cam Merchant chipped in with six each.
Chandler Quesenberry led Galax with 12 points and Darian Brown had nine.
The Cougar JV also plays Wednesday in the Northside Tournament. They take on EC Glass at 12:45 p.m.