Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexander senior all-county guard Chris Lunsford attended Douglas County as a freshmen. Tonight, he will help lead the Cougars against Douglas County for a shot in the region championship game.

The argument can finally be settled this evening when Douglas County host Alexander tonight in the Region 5-AAAAAA Tournament semifinals.

During the regular season the teams’ split their two-game series with each winning on the road in overtime.

“The third time it is going to be more intense,” Alexander senior all-region guard Chris Lunsford said. “We both want to get to Saturday’s championship game. We know you are going to have to bring your A-game if you want to win.”

In both earlier contest, Douglas County jumped to a commanding lead only to allow Alexander to comeback to force overtime. On Dec. 1, the Tigers won 85-77 in overtime.

The Cougars returned the favor on Douglas County’s home court with an 80-78 overtime win.

Douglas County had led as many as 24 points in that contest before the Cougars stormed back for the overtime win.

“We know what happened the last time,” Douglas County all-region guard Malik Battle said. “I think we are coming more prepared this time. This is a rematch, and it is real intense.”

The stakes are higher in this contest, including county bragging rights. The winner advances to Saturday’s region championship game to meet the winner of the Langston Hughes against Tri-Cities contest.

All four teams have already clinched a state playoff berth as they are playing for seedings.

“This is a big game,” Alexander forward Sidni White said. “We both want to go to that championship game.”

It mean a little more to White as he will go up against his cousin, Douglas County guard/forward Cam Copeland, in the contest.

“We are both going at each other real hard,” White said. “We both want to win and we are not letting up.”

With its win over New Manchester on Wednesday, Alexander clinched its first playoff berth since the 2014-15 season. Douglas County defeated Creekside to earn a state playoff spot.

Teams in this region will match up against schools in Region 6-AAAAAA, which includes South Cobb, Allatoona, Creekview and Sprayberry having already clinch playoff berths.

“It feels good to get back into the state playoffs,” Alexander coach Jason Slate said. “We are not overlooking one and just taking each game as it comes. For a team that was predicted to finish sixth or seventh, we didn’t listen to the outside people We played our share of overtime games and nail biters to get to this point.”

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