By RODNEY YOUNG
DUBLIN – The young Cougar boys basketball team on Thursday went up against Abingdon and Lord Botetourt in a couple of scrimmages. They looked young and inexperienced because they are that.
The first scrimmage saw the Abingdon Falcons, behind 7’0” center Evan Ramsey’s 31 points, beat the Cougars 54-40 in three quarters.
The scrimmages only played three quarters and the Cougars played well in the second quarter as they outscored the Falcons 22-12 after being outplayed in the first quarter, 19-8.
Abingdon would then counter in the third quater scoring 23 points to the Cougars’ 10.
Khalib Horton led the Cougars with 12 points and Lane Nester tossed in 10. Jele Green had six, Kyle O’Neal five and Chandler Hollins added four. Tootie O’Dell and Marcus Redd both had one point each.
Pulaski County battled the Falcons who had the 7’0” Ramsey, but also 6’9” Reece Ketron. Besides Ramsey’s 31 , Dayton Osborne scored in double figures with 15.
The second scrimmage of the evening saw Lord Botetourt defeat the Cougars 46-38. This game was very competitive as the Cavaliers led 16-14 after the opening quarter. The two teams would be all tied up at 25 going into the last quarter.
Lord Botetourt, under former Cougar player and head coach Andrew Hart, would outscore the Cougars 21-13 to win the game down the stretch. Evan Bannwart led the Cavaliers with 17 points and Emory & Henry commit Jack Crawford produced 16 points and provided floor leadership.
The Cougars got 10 points apiece from O’Neal, Jele Green and Horton. Nester and Reed had four points each.
Head Coach Tyler Cannoy said, “We were inconsistent and didn’t execute at times. We lack experience and that leads to mishandling the ball, taking bad shots and doing the little things you need to do to win.”
The Cougars open their regular season at Carroll County on Monday, December 5. Junior varsity action will be at 5:30 and the varsity tipoff around 7 pm.
Pulaski Co. 8 – 22 – 10=40
Abingdon 19- 12 – 23= 54
Pulaski Co. 14 – 11 – 13 = 38
Lord Botetourt 16 – 9 – 21= 46