By Rodney Young, SWT Sports Writer
Playing their final regular season home game, the Cougars took on the Christiansburg Blue Demons in a game that turned into a very intense and physical contest.
Down 15-9 after the opening the Cougars would outscore the Demons 19-3 in the second period. They would then go on to defeat the visitors 67-49.
The game didn’t start well for the Cougars, who found themselves down 9-0 with 3: 40 left in the first quarter. They had committed five turnovers and looked out of sync in all facets of the game. After a timeout and a little talking to, they finally scored with 2:50 showing on a 3-pointer by Isaac Poe. The Cougars then fought their way to within six by the end of the opening quarter.
Christiansburg was leading 15-14 with 6:13 before the halftime break. A call went against the Cougars and their bench was hit with a technical foul. That technical seemed to fire up the Cougars and the crowd. It was just a few minutes later that the Blue Demons got hit with a technical, after the Cougars had went on a 14 – 3 run to take a 28-18 lead. Junior Marcus Burks had 10 points in that run.
The third quarter saw Pulaski County (11-8, 7-5), control the boards with solid rebounding by senior Marcus Johnston. The only other senior, Lonnie Mattox, scored 11 quick points to stretch the lead to 16.
The Cougars had a team and game high 18 points from Burks, and Mattox finished with 17 points. Poe came off the bench to tally 10 points and helped control the game from his point guard position. Johnston almost had a double-double, as he had 11 rebounds to go with his 9 points.
Chriistiansburg (7-14, 5-8) was led by Josh Moore with 17 points and Matt Herndon produced 10 points.
“I thought Isaac Poe had a very steadying influence for us tonight,” said Cougar Head Coach Mark Hanks. “Marcus Johnston and Lonnie Mattox both played extremely well. It was an intense game. We woke up after the first quarter and played very competitively after that.”
The Pulaski County junior varsity improved to 15-4 with a 58-38 thrashing of the Blue Demons.
The Cougars will hit the road for their last three games of the regular season. They travel to Roanoke to take on Patrick Henry Monday night, then go to Salem Tuesday night. Thursday is scheduled to be an away game at Galax. Both nights the junior varsity will start at 5:30 and the varsity at 7 p.m.
CB – 15 3 18 13 – 49
PC – 9 19 24 15 – 67
CB- Thorpe 4, Piemonte 4, Moore 17, Jackson 5, Herndon 10, Quesenberry 3, Cayton 4, Christian 2
PC- Eaves 2, Mattox 17, Burks 18, Poe 10, Johnston 9, Merchant 6, Hickman 2, Weeks 2, Garcia 1. Walters 0, Callahan 0
FG’S: CB- 16, PC- 21
FT’S: CB- 14/23, PC- 20/31
FOULS: CB- 24, PC- 18
Technicals: CB- Cayton, PC- Bench
3 PT. GOALS: CB- 3 (Cayton, Quesenberry, Moore)
PC- 5 (Burks 4, Poe )