SWT Sports Writer
ROANOKE – The Cougars took to the road Wednesday and fell behind by as many as 25 points in the first half against the Knights of Cave Spring. Their comeback in the second half was derailed when they only hit 6 of 16 fouls shots to fall to the Cave Spring Knights 67-64.
Down 36-11 with just over two minutes to go before halftime, the Cougars scored on a Marcus Burks three-pointer to end a four minute scoring drought. They preceded to outscore the Knights 10-2 in the last two minutes before halftime to cut the Cave Spring lead to 38-21 going into the locker room.
As sluggish and uninspired as the first half was, the Cougars were just the opposite in the second half.
Pulaski County moved the score to 48-37 going to the last quarter, and pulled within one on three occasions only to miss free throw after free throw. Still with all that, they found themselves down 65-64 with 8.2 seconds remaining and with possession of the ball. A play was called after a Cougar timeout and Cam Merchant had a shot from point blank range, but the shot some how rolled off as the Knights would rebound and get fouled.
“We were in a daze or something the first half,” said Cougar Head Coach Mark Hanks. “We showed a lot of fight in our comeback. The second half we executed fairly well, and we had a shot there at the end.”
Pulaski County (4-5) hit just 9 of 24 foul shots for the game, while Cave Spring (5-6) hit 12 of 19.
Two Cougars had double figure scoring, with Lonnie Mattox getting 16 off the bench and Marcus Burks, who stroked four 3-pointers, finished with 14 points. Cam Merchant had nine points, and Miguel Garcia and Tyler Blevins both chipped in with eight points each.
Cave Spring’s Brody Hicks had 18 points. His brother Cager Hicks and Adam Sledd both had 14 points.
The junior varsity contest saw the Cougars win 41-34 to improve their record to 6-3. It was their third straight victory.
Elliott Brewster had another very good game and was the leading scorer of the game with 14 points. Bryant Grubb had nine points and Kevin Smith scored eight. The Knights got 11 points from Jake Furrow and 10 from Jared Steele.
The Cougars return to the Cougar Den Friday to take on the very talented Carroll County Cavaliers. JV action starts at 5:30 and the varsity will start at 7 p.m.
Saturday the Cougars take on the Floyd Buffaloes at the Cougar Den. It is a four game affair, with the JV girls starting things off at 2 p.m. The JV boys will play at 3:30. Then the varsity girls take on the undefeated Floyd girls at 5:30, and the varsity boys play the Buffaloes at 7 p.m.
It will be a full Saturday afternoon of round ball in the Cougar Den.
Cave Spring 14 24 10 19 – 67
Pulaski Co. 6 15 16 27 – 64
CS- B. Hicks 18, C. Hicks 14, Sledd 14, Keister 7, Foultz 5, Emery 5, Albritton 4
PC- Mattox 16, Burks 14, Merchant 9, Blevins 8, Garcia 8, Hickman 4, Poe 3, Eaves 2
3 pt goals
CS – 5 (B.Hicks 2, C.Hicks , Keister, Emery)
PC – 9 (Burks 4, Garcia 2, Poe, Merchant, Blevins)
Total Fouls- CS- 21, PC- 21
Fouled out- CS- C. Hicks, Sledd, PC- none