With conference play beginning last week, the North Pulaski Falcons notched a road victory last Friday before two big games at home this week.

"This is a REAL big week," North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson said Monday. "We have to protect our home court. We haven’t played on our home court since Dec. 14 so it will be nice to be at home. The guys have been real focused this week."

The reason for the important week is the Falcons (7-6, 1-1 5A-Central) hosted Pulaski Academy Tuesday night and face Jacksonville tomorrow. The first game didn’t go as well as North Pulaski lost to the Bruins, 48-38, with freshman RaShawn Langston leading the Falcons with 17 points.

However, North Pulaski started off the conference season last Friday with a 77-68 victory at West Helena. In that contest, Langston had 29 points, senior Eric Mouton finished with 18 points, junior Joseph Aikens chipped in 14 points and senior Aaron Williamson added 10.

Jackson liked the way the Falcons responded against West Helena. He also liked that North Pulaski come out with intensity and was focused.

"We handled what they threw at us and shot the ball well," Jackson said. "They switched up between a 1-3-1, a 2-3 zone and man-to-man. We recognized what they were doing and were able to run our offense."

Jackson was also pleased the Falcons cut down on their turnovers with about 10. They also scored easy baskets off West Helena’s turnovers.

"We started clamping down and doing what we needed to do," he said. "It was a good win for us and a big win starting the conference on the road."

The plan this week was to take one game at a time. Now, that the Pulaski Academy game is in the books, the focus is on Jacksonville, the town rivalry.

"It will be a dogfight," Jackson said. "They are real good and have only lost two games. We have to keep working on what we do best."