North Pulaski’s Fred Thomas tries to get off a shot over Jacksonville’s Kevin Williams. (Photo by Chad Matchett)
Following a pounding, the best thing for a basketball team is to get back on the court right away. Unfortunately, North Pulaski has to wait until Friday instead of this past Tuesday to do that. After a blowout loss to Jacksonville last Friday, the Falcons’ home contest against Mills was cancelled Tuesday because of the weather.
“We really wanted to play and get that feeling out of our system,” North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson said. “The guys have been real focused the last couple of days.”
In Jackson’s words, the Falcons (7-7, 1-2 5A-Central) were beat bad, by 30 points by Jacksonville. The problem was the Red Devils played their game while the Falcons’ didn’t play theirs.
“Jacksonville controlled the tempo,” Jackson said. “They had a lot to do with the way we played. I hate losses like that and just want to get it out of my mind.”
The Jacksonville loss was preceded by a 48-38 defeat to Pulaski Academy last Tuesday. In that contest, Jackson said North Pulaski had an off shooting night. Additionally, the Falcons didn’t rebound like they should have.
“We made a run at the end and were right there at the end,” Jackson said. “What hurt us were second-chance shots. They got theirs, and we didn’t.”
With two losses at home last week, Friday’s game at Little Rock Christian becomes a big game. Not only will a victory put the Falcons back on the winning track, it would move them to 2-2 in conference play.
Jackson says Little Rock Christian is a talented club. Not the most athletic team, Little Rock Christian plays solid defense and runs it offense well. Something else to factor in is Little Rock is at home and hasn’t won a conference game yet.
The plan for the Falcons is to refocus and work on what they do best. They were ready to do that Tuesday, but not that determination will have to carry over to Friday.
“They are a focused and need to right themselves,” Jackson said. “They were ready to play.”