Douglas County coach Chet Forsh didn’t allow his team to apply its man-to-man pressure defense earlier in the game because of a lack of depth.
When the Tigers did on Saturday, it helped ease a deficit and propel them to a 58-45 win over Aexander in Region 5-AAAAAA action.
The win helps the Tigers remain undefeated in the region with eight wins to remain a half game ahead of South Paulding. Douglas County is 8-7 overall heading into Tuesday’s game at South Paulding.
“We missed a lot of gimmes early in the game,” Forsh said. “I thought because of those misses, we were more concerned with not making our shots. I think once we hit a few shots and settled down, we to into the flow of the game.”
The Tigers were down as many as 11 points midway through the third quarter. Forsh used his pressure defense to get the Tigers back into the game.
“It was just a numbers thing for us because we didn’t have a lot of depth,” he said. “We don’t have that many bodies so I had to rest some people. I thing the did a good job with our zone pressure earlier.”
With its defense forces turnovers and Amari Robinson providing some scoring punch, the Tigers took control of the game for the win.
Robinson had 29 points and sophomore Dymon Cook finished with 10 points as the only two Douglas County players in double figures. Alliee Patillo led Alexander with 16 points.
The fourth quarter was the undoing of the Cougars as Douglas County outscored them 18-4 to control the game.
“We started slow but eventually got control,” Robinson said. “It was a matter that we didn’t want to lose. We wanted to keep our winning streak going.”
Robinson said the pace at the beginning was frustrating.
“We were don’t but we didn’t want to get too down on ourselves,” Robinson said. “It was a win, and we will take it.”