Cougars lose fourth consecutive.

Salem Spartans got 30 points from Ethan English, 25 points from  Alex Blanchard and 17  from Josh Bryan as they scored last 12 points of the game to beat the Pulaski Co. Cougars 84-67 in the Cougar Den.

Salem saw their record improve to 8-3 as the Cougars are now 3-9 and 0-6 in district play. A J McCloud had 17 points, Dillon Porter 15 and Hayden Gray 13 in the loss. It was a game of runs at the Cougars would go on  10-0 run,  but the Spartans would go on 12-2 run.

Pulaski Co took their only lead of the game 38-36 in the middle of the third quarter. Salem would then outscore the Cougars 17-8 to take a 53-46 advantage into the fourth quarter. Salem found themselves up 72-67 with just under three minutes to go and would then go on a 12-0 run to end the game.

“We had great effort tonight and it may have been our best effort, at least for three quarters or more,” said Cougar head coach Andrew Hart. ” Salem is a very good ball club and we had a chance, but we had too many turnovers and missed too many point-blank range shots at the rim.”

The Cougar junior varsity lost 47-44 to the Spartans as they saw their record fall to 7-5. Salem got 19 points from Owyn Dawyot and 18 from Khalil Brown. The Cougars got 16 points from Bradley Hudson and nine from Peyton McDaniel. The Cougars will travel to Christiansburg  Friday to take on the Blue Demons. JV action tips at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00 pm.

Salem 18  14  21  31-84

Pul Co. 14 16  16  21-67

Salem- Donaldson 4, Staples 2, English 30, Blanchard 25, Bryan 17, Robinson 2, Blankenship 3, Burwell 1

Pul. Co. – McCloud 17, Porter 15, Gray 13, O’Dell 4, Russell 7, Poe 8, Roberson 3,

FG’s- Salem 30, PC- 25

FT’s – Salem 17-25, PC – 12-16

3-PT. Goals – Salem 7-( English 2, Blanchard 3, Blankenship, Bryan), PC – 5-( Gray 3, Roberson, Russell)

Fouls- Salem – 16, PC- 20

Technicals- PC- 2-( O’Dell, McCloud)