Before digging a deeper hole, North Pulaski needs turn around a four-game losing skid quickly.
Four games ago, the Falcons (8-8, 1-4 5A-Central) owned a 7-4 overall mark and won their first conference game with West Helena. Since then, they have lost to Pulaski Academy, Jacksonville, Little Rock Mills and Little Rock Christian. However, North Pulaski has had its chances but can’t seem to finish at the end. This was a problem that plagued the Falcons last year.
"I don’t know at this point and have to figure it out," North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson said. "I’m still optimistic, and we have a chance to put it together. We’ve got to figure it out, and maybe we need to change our practice regime."
A goal for the Falcons is to make the state tournament. Jackson doesn’t want to stress his team, but some victories need to happen soon. Last Friday, North Pulaski was edged by Mills, 70-68. Mills led by 11 before the Falcons fought back and had a chance to tie contest.
"We didn’t make the plays at the end," Jackson said. "We had three starters foul out and didn’t make our free throws."
Senior Arren Scruggs and sophomore RaShawn Langston each totaled 15 points to pace the Falcons. Senior Fred Thomas added 11 points.
Key mistakes were detrimental to the Falcons against Little Rock Christian this past Tuesday. Up by eight points going into the fourth quarter, North Pulaski’s lead evaporated as the Warriors made some big shots while North Pulaski missed easy baskets and had unforced turnovers.
"We had critical lapses of not taking care of the ball," Jackson said. "It’s going to be tough, but we’ll be up for the challenge."
The challenge of getting some wins begins with a home matchup Friday with Sylvan Hills followed by a trip to Little Rock McClellan next Tuesday.