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Cougars drop heartbreaker in Roanoke

By RODNEY YOUNG

Mike Turner/SWT – Junior Dillon Porter goes up for two.

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ROANOKE – Should have … would have … could have. That was the story of the night for the Cougars playing the Cave Spring Knights on their senior night.
Trailing 58-56 with 1:40 left on the game, the Cougars missed three free throws and committed three turnovers at the end of the game on their way to dropping a 63-57 decision to the Knights.
The Knights got 20 points from center Parker Huffman and 10 from senior Crawford Enyart as they won the River Ridge District regular season championship. They finished 11-1 in district play and 18-4 overall.
Pulaski County was led by Dillon Porter with 19 points and eight rebounds. Benjamin Poe contributed 12 points and AJ McCloud chipped in with six. The Cougars were down only three, 16-19, after the opening quarter. They scored 22 points in the second quarter to go into intermission up 38-36.They continued to battle and scrap in the third period and trailed 47-48 going into the fourth.
Cave Spring went on a 10- 3 run to go up 58-50 with 3:03 remaining and the Cougars using a timeout.
The Cougars were able to cut their deficit to one when Porter hit a short jumper and McCloud hit a layup. Porter put in a missed shot to make it 56-58. After a steal the Cougars turned the ball over with a chance to take the lead. The Cougar defense stole the ball again and this time Poe was fouled in the act of shooting with 1:14 to go. He hit one free throw and missed one to make it 57-58. After a bad pass by the Knights, Gage Mannon put up a shot that hit the rim and bounced off, but he was fouled. He unfortunately miss both free throws with 33.7 seconds to go. The Cougars were forced to foul and the Knights hit both free throws.
Pulaski County (6-13, 2-9) turned the ball over and Cave Spring put the game away hitting a couple more free-throws.

 

“I couldn’t be any more proud of the guys here tonight,” said Cougar Head Coach Andrew Hart. “We played extremely hard and we needed to make just one or two more plays and we didn’t. Cave Spring is a very good team and we were very, very close to upsetting the best team in the district. We needed to hit foul shots in the fourth quarter and handle the ball a little better.”
The Cougar junior varsity got dismantled as they lost 59-20. David Hurley scored five points and Grayson Deu four. Cave Spring got 23 points from Charlie Urgo.

 

The Cougar varsity was scheduled to play Salem on the road Thursday and will play Saturday versus William Byrd at Salem High School at 11:45 a.m. in the Adam Ward Classic.

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