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Cougars drop home game to Knights

By RODNEY YOUNG

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The Pulaski County Cougars tried. They made runs late but couldn’t overcome the visiting Cave Spring Knights as they dropped a home matchup 76-59 Friday at the Cougar Den.

 

The Knights (9-4) had four players that scored in double digits. Jalen Buster led them with 16 points. Crawford Enyart and Reed Pendleton tossed in 13 each. Their big man Parker Huffman scored 10 as the Knights answered the Cougar scoring runs each time.

 

The Cougars (3-8,0-5) were led by Dillon Porter with 20 points and seven rebounds. AJ McCloud contributed 10 points in court time that was limited by foul trouble and Jairus Miller came off the bench to toss in eight.

 

The Knights lead 16-13 after the opening quarter and they stretched that out to 38-22 advantage going into intermission. They found themselves up 57-39 going into the final quarter.

 

Pulaski County made three runs at the Knights in the second half, with the last one coming at the start of the fourth quarter. The Cougars went on a 12-3 run to cut their deficit to nine, 60-51, with 5:19 remaining only to see the Knights score the next seven points to win the game.

 

“We continue to have trouble scoring,“ said Cougar head man Andrew Hart. “We trapped more on defense tonight and at times we seemed to bother them, but too many times we didn’t cover up the backside. We executed at times on offense but missed way too many point-blank range shots. Cave Spring is a really good team and well coached. That second quarter again tonight put us in a hole and we never fully recovered.”

 

The Cougar junior varsity improved to 7-4 with a hard-earned and hard-fought 40-38 win. David Hunley scored 12 points, Clay Phillips eight and Peyton McDaniel six in the win. Cave Spring got 14 from Cameron Bishop and 12 from Charlie Urgo.

 

Pulaski County will be back in action versus Salem at the Cougar Den tonight. JV action tips at 5:30 and varsity around 7 p.m.

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