Sylvan Hills ran into a shooting buzzsaw Tuesday night in Sherwood in a 70-46 loss to the Pulaski Academy Bruins.
The Bears didn’t play bad defense, it just didn’t matter what they did against Lawson Korita and Marcus Wallace.
Korita scored 37 points, while Wallace scored 18. Wallace scored 16 of that in the first half. The two guards combined for 10 three-pointers.
“We had help on those guys and they hit their shots. We extended the zone and they just pulled up from 25-plus and hit threes,” said Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis. “There’s not much you can do when a team is shooting like that.”
Pulaski Academy seemingly made everything in the first quarter on the way to a 26-12 lead. The next three quarters were closer for the Bears, but the Bruins still slowly added to their lead.
A telling sequence happened when a Sylvan Hills layup spun out of the rim, followed by Pulaski Academy going down and nailing a deep three-pointer.
“It was one of those games where we had some hard luck and the other team just couldn’t miss,” Davis said. “That can get discouraging for our guys. That’s one reason I played a lot of guys tonight. I wanted to keep the legs and attitudes fresh out there.”
Sam Williams led Sylvan Hills with 11 points, while Ronnie Hinton was right behind with 10 points. Tre West scored eight points; David Johnson had seven, while Aumonie Armand added four. Cordy Winston, Nate Burchette and Jaylon Jordan rounded out the scoring with three, two and one point, respectively.
“The last two weeks have been crazy with the weather postponing games,” said Davis. “At this point in the season you want to be playing game, not just practicing every day for two weeks. You’re not really going to put in new things at this point. I think it made it hard for the guys to get back in the flow.”
Sylvan Hills finally got to make up a game at West Helena on Wednesday night. The Bears wrap up the season with a home game against North Pulaski on Friday, travel to Jacksonville on Tuesday, then a makeup date against Mills next Friday.