DUMAS — Pulaski Academy ended Star City's season in the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Dumas Tuesday night as the Bruins eased to a 64-36 win.
DUMAS — Pulaski Academy ended Star City’s season in the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Dumas Tuesday night as the Bruins eased to a 64-36 win.
The Bruins (23-1) advanced to play the winner of today’s McGehee/Malvern game Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Brandon Brady led the Bruins with 24 points. But it was Texas Tech signee Dusty Hannahs’ 20 points that put Pulaski out front early. Hannahs scored six points in the opening period and added 12 in the second as the Bruins pounded the ball inside against the smaller Bulldogs.
“I thought we did a good job on him in the first quarter,” Star City coach Joshua Brown said. “In the second quarter he got it going. He’s a good player. Definitely not going to take anything away from him.”
Hannahs scored the first three baskets of the second quarter as Pulaski doubled up the Bulldogs 22-11. His final basket of the frame closed the halftime scoring with the Bruins up 38-17.
Hannahs sat out much of the third period, scoring only two points and was reduced to a spectator for the entire closing stanza.
Star City was cold out of the gate as the Bulldogs missed their first 10 shots of the game from the floor and was 7-of-25 (28-percent) in the first half.
“Star City is a good team and Josh has done a good job with them,” Pulaski coach Roger Franks said. “They missed some shots that could have made it closer in the first half. But that was a good start to a long week.”
Jemiel Thompson led the Bulldogs with 17 points and scored the final 13 points of the game for Star City, including all nine in the fourth period.
Hannahs’ offensive production was accompanied by seven rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and a pair of assists as the Bruins advanced to the state tournament with the victory.
“The number is down to five more games,” Hannahs said. “We just have to number them and take it one game at a time. That’s a big goal for us…to win the state. I think we have the team. This team has a better bond, better cohesiveness than any team I have ever played on.”
Star City finished the season 13-14.
“Our kids overcame a lot of adversity,” Brown said. “We had 16 starting out and we ended up with our 13 guys. They hung together and stayed together. They played hard every night. I don’t think I ever had anybody to tell me the kids didn’t play hard. And they played their hearts out the whole season.”