Competing in the Conway Tournament this week, North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson is finding out where the Falcons need improvement.
Monday, the Falcons (4-2) lost to Bryant, 74-51. Tonight at 8:30 p.m., they face Conway and will play again Saturday. In particular, the Bryant contest showed Jackson an area where North Pulaski needs to make adjustments.
"In the second half, we came out with more intensity," Jackson said. "But, we have to learn not to get in a hurry against a team like Bryant who runs its offense by being patient. It’s hard to speed up and play our style of ball against a team like that. I try to implement these types of situations in practice."
Bryant also forced Jackson to play with some different player combinations. Because the Falcons got into foul trouble early, Jackson was able to experiment. That is another reason why he likes pre-season tournaments.
"We are O.K., but not where we need to be," Jackson said. "That is why I like these early games. We are still working on our chemistry. With a team like mine, where we play up and down, we are still getting a feel for one another."
One thing Jackson would like to see is more intensity through the whole game. He would like for the intensity in practice to carry over for all four quarters in the Falcons’ games. Some bad quarters and lack of execution have plagued North Pulaski. Additionally, Jackson said the Falcons need to work on being more patient on offense and take better shots.
The Falcons started the season 3-0 before suffering a setback to J.A. Fair. Last week, they defeated Malvern, 58-42. Already, they are having a better season than last year’s four-win total in Jackson’s first tenure as a head coach.
"The kids are gaining confidence and are learning what I expect," Jackson said. "I have grown as far as the speed of the game. I feel like I am coaching better and have sought out advice from other coaches."