FAIRBURN - Pebblebrook once again had Douglas County number in a high-stakes basketball game.
The Falcons used a big third quarter to break open a close game to cruise to a 93-78 win over Douglas County in the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament semifinals at Langston Hughes High on Thursday.
It was the sixth straight win for the Falcons over Douglas County since they became paired in the same region. Pebblebrook won all three contest last season, including the region championship.
“They are a great team with some great players,” Douglas County guard Brandon Robinson said. “They just came out and executed and did what they had to do to get the win. We just have to learn from this loss and get ready for the state playoffs.”
Douglas County will face the loser of the late semifinals game against Westlake and Campbell today at 5:30 p.m. The winner of that game will be the No. 3 seed in next week’s playoff game.
“We just have to come out tomorrow and be more aggress,” said Khayl Waters, who had 12 points. “We weren’t playing as aggressive as we should have against Pebblebrook. That is our fault because coach kept telling us to be aggressive.
Robinson and Pebblebrook’s Colin Saxton provided the crowd with plenty of highlights. Saxton finished with a game-high 44 points while Robinson had 32 points, including four 3-pointers to help the Tigers stay in the game.
“Brandon played a great game,” Douglas County coach Hollis Bethea said. “He did all he could to help us stay in the game. In fact, all my guys played hard and left it all on the floor. Pebblebrook just has our number right now. They have some elite players on their team. They have three players that are top-100 in the country.”
In addition to Robinson and Waters, senior Reece Anderson had 11 points for the Tigers, who finished as region runner-up last season. For Pebblebrook, Jarred Harper had 22 points and J.J. Smith added 16 points.
Bethea said his team did all it could do to try and contain Saxton, who had 44 points in an earlier win by the Falcons at their place.
“He is an elite player,” Bethea said. “We couldn’t stop him. He was attacking the basketball very well. My hats off to him because he played a heck of a game. Pebblebrook is a darn good team, and he was able to carry them.”
Regardless if Douglas County wins tomorrow, it will be on the road during the playoffs.
“We sort of play better on the road,” Robinson said.
“We are a road tested team this season because we play in the toughest region in the state,” Bethea said. “We want to win (Friday) but we know we are going to be on the road. I’m not really worried about that but more focused on us getting better. We have played on the road all year, and our guys will be ready.”