Alexander traded a huge first quarter lead for a come-from-behind overtime win over South Paulding on Tuesday.
It is sort of becoming customary for the Cougars to make each game in Region 5-AAAAAA play interesting.
“The thing is in this region we see it every night,” Alexander coach Jason Slate said. “We make every game interesting.”
The Cougars will face another challenge tonight in East Point when it takes on Tri-Cities in a rematch of an earlier contest.
Alexander upset Tri-Cities (65-64) just before the Christmas break as it was riding a three-game winning streak. The Cougars have won their last two after a heartbreaking 43-41 loss at Mays on a buzzer-beater.
That loss snapped a four-game winning streak.
The Cougars will be looking to gain some momentum going into the region tournament.
Alexander has an 11-7 overall record and is 9-3 in the region, a half game ahead of Douglas County for second place in the standings. Langston Hughes leads the region with a 12-1 record going into tonight’s game at Northgate, which is winless in the region.
The Panthers close out the season against Creekside and South Paulding at home.
Slate says playing close games in this region is nothing new.
“In this region, we see it all the time,” he said. “Every night is a war.”
Senior Chris “Bama” Lunsford leads the Cougars with a 12.7 scoring average with Brady Spence second in scoring at 9.4 points per game and first in rebounding with a 9.1 average.
“If we win out, it will definitely put us in a good position,” Spence said. “We will have to play well during this stretch to end the season.”
For now, the Cougars are concentrating on tonight’s Tri-Cities contest.
“We needed that win over South Paulding for momentum,” Lunsford said. “We know that Tri-Cities really wants us because we beat them last time. We have to go over there and play a lot better.”