North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson just can’t put his finger on what’s going on with the Falcons.
After a successful start to the current basketball season, North Pulaski (8-12, 1-8 5A-Central) won its first conference meeting against West Helena. Since then, the Falcons are an eight-game losing skid after starting off the season 8-4. A 73-47 loss at home against Jacksonville this past Tuesday did not help North Pulaski’s frame of mind.
Jackson said the Falcons came out sluggish and then had to play catchup. That is not their normal script. Usually, they come out strong and then falter in the middle of the game. A 10-day layoff may have had something to do with the slow start. North Pulaski did not have a contest scheduled for Tuesday of last week, and Friday’s contest at home with Pulaski Academy was postponed and has been rescheduled for Feb. 27.
"We had trouble scoring and putting the ball in the hole," Jackson said. "We got behind early, and it was hard to get back up. I was proud of the way the guys fought back. We were down by 20-plus points and cut the lead to 12-14 points. But, we made a few mistakes to start the second half, and they made us pay for it."
What the Falcons need is a win to get back up their confidence. Jackson said they are not playing like a confident team and getting on a winning streak would help. He says at times he can see the players seeing something go bad and think here we go again.
"We have to learn to compete on every possession," Jackson said. "We can’t get down and have to play through when something goes wrong because it will get better."
Friday, North Pulaski hosts Little Rock Mills. While that could be a winnable contest, Jackson said Mills has been winning and will come in a confident team.