The Cougar junior varsity basketball squad saw their six game winning streak come to an end Friday night, dropping their contest against Salem by a final score of 72-51.
The loss drops Pulaski to 9-4 on the season.
The junior Cougars seemed to struggle much of the game against a stingy Salem defense, but missed shots, missed free throws, and turnovers cost them the game in the end.
The Cougars played a very tough first half, trailing 10-9 at the end of the first quarter and 26-22 at the halftime break. Several Cougars found themselves in foul trouble early as well.
Salem outscored Pulaski 21-15 in the third quarter to take a 47-37 lead into the start of the final quarter. Bradley Church and then Elliot Brewster fouled out midway through the fourth, taking a big part of the Cougar offensive and defensive punch away.
Pulaski continued to work hard, but in the end the Spartans outscored the Cougars 25-14 to earn the 72-51 win.
Elliot Brewster led the Cougars with 16 points. Bryant Grubb was the only other Cougar in double figures with 11 points. Bradley Church scored 8 points, Kevin Smith scored 5 points, and D.J. Schnicke scored 3 points. Hunter Thomas, Braeden Blevins, Jake Clary, and Evan Austin scored 2 points each. The Cougars connected on just 12 of 21 free throw attempts.
Dominique Joyce led the Spartans with a game high 20 points. Von Saunders and Trayvon Hill each added 14 points, and Trevor Austin added 9 points. Curtis Staples scored 5 points, Amonte Pannell scored 3 points, and Simran Singh, Shane Simpson, and Viante Tucker scored 2 points each. The Spartans hit 19 of 32 free throw attempts.
The JV Cougars will be back in action next week, opening for the varsity in road games against Patrick Henry on Tuesday and then Hidden Valley on Friday.