Last week’s losses eliminated North Pulaski from obtaining a berth to the 5A state tournament.
After the setback to Jacksonville last week, the Falcons suffered a 53-46 defeat at Little Rock Mills last Friday. The Mills’ loss basically ended North Pulaski’s chance to earn a spot in the state tournament. All hope was definitely gone when the Falcons (9-12, 3-8 5A-Central) lost to Little
Rock Christian, 51-46, this past Tuesday.
"If we would have beaten Mills we could have stayed in contention," North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson said. "Now, we have to play for next year and get better. Some of the younger players who haven’t been playing much will get more playing time."
The Falcons knew what was at stake going into the Mills’ contest, and Jackson said they fought to the bitter end. Senior Eric Mouton paced North Pulaski with 14 points and Joe Aikens added 10. Against Little Rock Christian, senior Daniel Drone was the leading scorer with 11 points.
"We had a lot of close games, but just couldn’t get over the hump," Jackson said. "Even though we can’t make state, we can still play to go out on a winning note. We still have some winnable games, and hopefully we can still be at least .500."
After winning the first meeting with Little Rock Christian, 59-42, the hope was to notch a second victory. While that didn’t happen, the season can still be salvaged and begins Friday with senior night against Sylvan Hills.
"Sylvan Hills is a rivalry game for bragging rights," Jackson said. "It senior night, and we have a lot to play for."
On paper before the season started, Jackson knew the Falcons had a chance to be good. They set goals and looked like they might obtain them. They even started the season off hot, but the tough conference season got to them. Now, the goal is to look to next year.
"The younger guys are going to get playing time and get used to being out there," Jackson said. "They are going to learn from their mistakes."