North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson is hoping to not see a repeat of last year.
Last season, the Falcons had trouble winning games at the end. They would have a lead early and then falter at the end. While that did happen last Tuesday against Jacksonville, Jackson thinks it won’t be a trend.
"I think we are better prepared this go round," he said. "It’s just a matter of playing and coming back strong. We did play two of the top teams in the conference right off the bat."
After a 62-45 loss to Pulaski Academy last Friday and Tuesday’s 67-53 setback to Jacksonville, the Falcons (8-6, 1-2 5A-Central) own a two-game skid. They hope to remedy that Friday at Little Rock Mills.
Against Jacksonville, Jackson said North Pulaski couldn’t stop the Red Devils’ run at them down the stretch. The Falcons just couldn’t make the plays when they needed them.
"They (Jacksonville) did a good job of executing down the stretch," Jackson said. "We didn’t get the calls we were used to, and they really beat us on the boards. They got a lot of second-chance shots."
Sophomore guard RaShawn Langston paced the Falcons with 24 points, and senior guard Arren Scruggs contributed 12. In the loss to Pulaski Academy, senior forward Steven Farrior was the leader with 14 points while junior guard De’Marik Brown added 10.
"It (Pulaski Academy) was one of those bad games," Jackson said. "They jumped out on us and took a good lead, but we fought back."
A victory at Mills would keep the Falcons from being behind the eight-ball in their quest for a berth in the state tournament. Jackson said Mills plays fast-paced, so the key is whether North Pulaski can handle Mills’ intensity and press.