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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander coach Jason Slate, left, goes over a play with forward Martell Varner during practice earlier this week.

Both Alexander and Douglas County went on the road Tuesday for Region 5-AAAAAA games, and they came out with different results.

Alexander was able to pick up a region win in its opener while the Tigers weren’t as lucky.

Douglas County was soundly defeated by defending Class AAAAAA champion Langston Hughes.

As the Tigers try to rebound from that setback, Alexander will be trying to increase its region record when the two meet tonight.

The teams will meet after the girls game, which starts at 6 p.m. at Alexander.

“Getting that win at Creekside was huge, especially since it was on the road,” Alexander coach Jason Slate said. “It was big in pulling one out.”

Tigers coach Hollis Bethea is hopeful that his team will rebound from Tuesday’s loss.

“They took us to the woodshed,” Bethea said of the Tuesday’s 35-point loss. “You can see why they are the top team in the state. Physically we have to do a better job. Langston sort of imposed their will on us. I think we will bounce back.”

With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the region against some tough competition.

Douglas County opened the season with an 83-77 overtime win over Tri-Cities on the road. They followed that with a tough 79-76 setback to powerhouse Pebblebrook at home.

Following tonight’s game, the Tigers will host defending region champion South Paulding on Dec. 8.

“We had a nice little pace going before the (Thanksgiving) break,” Bethea said. “We will be trying to that back and get better. We have faced some good teams, and that has been a good opportunity for us to get better.”

Alexander is 2-2 overall with losses to North Paulding and Lithia Springs in a Thanksgiving tournament.

Slate said he likes the balance he is getting from his team, which doesn’t return any starters from a season ago.

“We are balanced with no real superstar on the team,” he said. “We have to continue to share the ball and play smart. We have to help each other out with the scoring.”

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