North Pulaski headed into finals this week on a positive note as they overcame a halftime deficit and defeated the Lonoke Jackrabbits, 74-66, last Friday.
With the Lonoke contest the only game last week, Coach Roy Jackson was able to use last week’s practice to work on defense and patience on offense. He saw improvement against the Jackrabbits as the Falcons (5-4) erased a four-point halftime shortage.
“We got behind, but in the fourth quarter took over,” Jackson said. “It was more of what they were doing. They came out and shot the ball well.”
Early foul trouble also plagued North Pulaski. Part of the reason is how the Falcons play.
“I just think the style we play is so aggressive,” Jackson said. “In practice, I don’t call as many fouls.”
Jackson saw improvement in how the Falcons executed the game plan and also in rebounding. Offensive patience is an area where North Pulaski is working, and Jackson said that was better. He was also pleased with the defense.
“I liked that we were down and came back,” Jackson said. “I still feel like we haven’t played a complete game.”
Junior guard Joseph Aikens led the Falcons with 25 points with senior guard Daniel Drone adding 17. Freshman guard RaShawn Langston chipped in 10. Also a football player, Drone is starting to come along.
“That was Daniel’s best game so far,” Jackson said. “He shot well and defended well and played the point guard position well. He had a wonderful game all around.”
With finals this week, the Falcons are limited in practice time. Basically, Jackson can practice the Falcons the one school period designated for it and no more. Wanting his players to stay eligible, Jackson wants his players to concentrate on their tests. But, they will get in some furious basketball work.
“We can do a lot in an hour, and it will be fast paced and quick,” Jackson said. “We’ll do some drills and work on shooting. We can always improve on defense and different aspects of our offense.”