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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County senior Cam Copeland is averaging 18 points during the Tigers' current eight-game winning streak.

Cam Copeland has seem to have found a home with the Douglas County basketball team.

The senior guard is a big reason the Tigers are challenging for a top spot in the Region 5-AAAAAA standings.

With an 86-43 win over Shaw in the Tucker Shoot-Out Classic on Thursday, the Tigers have now won eight straight games.

And Copeland has been a big part of the wins.

Coming off the bench, the 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 18 points during the win streak. He has a 15.7 overall scoring average.

“He has grown tremendously throughout the season and is a big part of what we do,” Douglas County coach Hollis Bethea said. “We have seen a lot of improvement and he is getting better on defense. Cam can score the ball in different ways. He brings a lot of versatility to our team.”

The Tigers are 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the region heading into tonight’s contest against host Tucker.

Copeland attended Chapel Hill part of last school year but didn’t play for the school. Prior to that, he was at Wheeler.

But now he has found his home at Douglas County.

“I grew up with a lot of these players on the team,” Copeland said. “It was a natural fit for me. It was a smooth transition to the team and everybody has been great.”

Copeland went to middle school with point guard Rodney Lewis and plays on the same AAU team with guard Rickey Clark, who has signed with Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.

While scoring come easily for Copeland, he said he is concentrating more on becoming better defensively.

He is averaging 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Copeland had a season-high nine steals and eight assist in one game earlier this season.

As the second half of the region schedule begins next month, Copeland is hoping to continue to be a major contributor on both ends of the court.

“I’ve focused a lot on my defense,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing defense, and I’m enjoying it.”

Bethea agreed.

“He has done a good job, and the chemistry has been good among the players. We are looking for him to continue to do the things that he has been doing for us to continue to be successful.”

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