By DAVID GRAVELY
The Cougar JV basketball team continued their winning ways Saturday with a 61-36 thrashing of the Floyd County Buffalos. The win moves their record to 8-3 on the season.
The young and hungry Cougars jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. With a 20-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter, coaches J.R. Montgomery and Jared King began running substitutes into the game early and continued through the duration.
The second quarter looked to be over with Floyd attempting a last shot, but a quick rebound and pass to Brady Dickerson gave the Cougars the ball at half court. With just 2 seconds on the clock, Dickerson heaved the ball towards the basket. As the buzzer sounded, the ball hit nothing but the bottom of the net for a 3-pointer that brought the crowd to their feet and gave Pulaski the 34-12 advantage.
With the substitutes pulling the majority of the duty in the second half, some new names found their way into the scoring column. With 3:10 remaining in the third quarter, freshman Seth Thompson finally broke the ice on his Cougar career when he hit a 3-pointer. Less than a minute later he also earned a block by swatting away a Floyd shot attempt, and then also hit a second basket. Sophomore D.J. Schnicke played tough underneath and on the perimeter, and freshman Evan Austin showed some solid play as well.
The third quarter ended with Pulaski coasting at 53-28, and the final score came in with Pulaski winning 61-36.
Every player on the team contributed and scored for Pulaski County. Elliot Brewster led the way with 10 points in limited minutes, followed by Kevin Smith with 8 points. Bryant Grubb, Bradley Church, and Brady Dickerson added 7 points each. Seth Thompson added 5 points, and Hunter Thomas, D.J. Schnicke, and Evan Austin added 4 points each. Jake Clary added 3 points, and Barron Blevins rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
Floyd County was led by Q. Lackey with 15 points and M. Osborne with 8 points.
The younger Cougars will get back into action on Tuesday when they travel to Christiansburg, and then return home of Friday to host Salem. Game time for both games is 5:30.