BY RODNEY YOUNG
In a rematch of a week ago between these two squads, this time the Radford bobcats came out on top of a very intense, hard fought game 61-55 over the Cougars.
The Bobcats (2-1) got 21 points from Paul Parcell and had those other players with either eight or nine points.
Pulaski Co. (1-3) has now dropped three straight after opening the season with a victory over the same Group A State Champions.
The only Cougar in double digits was senior Matt Greene with 10 points. He also had 10 rebounds.
It was a closely played and intense game between these two teams with Radford up 33-30 at halftime.
The Cougars tied it up at 45-all going into the final quarter, but was outscored 16-10 in the last one.
Radford had six different players to score in the final stanza and the Cougars hit just two of seven throws in the quarter, as they hit only 11 of 24 free throws for the game.
“We had to match their intensity,” Radford head coach, Rick Cormany remarked.
“Last week they just out hustled us, and believe me, this past week of practice wasn’t pretty,” Coach Cormany said.
He continued by saying, “When I heard Mark (Coach Hanks) took the job back it was going to be a whole lot harder to beat them!”
Coach Mark Hanks said, “Tonight we got beat on the boards and our foul shooting wasn’t good.”
“We didn’t make enough basketball plays, but this was a hard fought game.” We must get better and we need to defend better also,” Hanks remarked.
Two of the big reasons the Cougars have lost three of their first four games are turnovers and free throw shooting.
They are averaging 22 turnovers a game and hitting just 53 percent of their free throws.
The Cougars play the George Wythe Maroons Tuesday night and the Galax Maroon Tide Friday night.
JV action will begin at 6 p.m. and Varsity at 7:30 both nights at the Cougar Den.
In the JV game, Radford defeated the young Cougars 52-43. The Cougars fall to 1-3 on the season and the Cats improved to 3-0.
Pulaski County was up 32-25 and the Bobcats got the last field goal at the very end of the third quarter. The Cougars then scored 19 straight to start the fourth and they went on a 21-0 run and went up 46-32 with 3:30 to go in the game.
Tyler Blevins had 15 points, Malik Eaves, 13, and Marcus Burkes, eight, for the Cougars.
Radford got 13 points off the bench from eighth grader Marcus Finley and eight from Eli Facemire.
Radford (2-1) 12-21-12-16-61
Pulaski County: (1-3) 7-23-15-10-55
Parcell 82-2 21
19 FG’s , 17-30 FT”s =61
Greene 42-5 10
21 FG’s, 11-24 FT’s =55