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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County junior Amari Robinson is averaging double figure points and rebounds heading into tonight's Region 5-AAAAAA match-up against South Paulding.

It is shaping up to be a big weekend of region basketball for the Douglas County team.

The Tigers play two key Region 5-AAAAAA games on the road starting with tonight’s contest at South Paulding.

Both teams are undefeated entering the 6 p.m. contest with the winner taking over sole possession of first place.

The first time the teams were schedule to play in December, it was postponed because of snow.

On Saturday, the Tigers play county rival New Manchester again.

“These are two big games for us,” Douglas County coach Chet Forsh said. “I’ve seen South Paulding play for a half, and we have an idea about their team. We know we will have to be ready to play.”

The two-time defending region-champion Tigers are 8-0 in the region this season and has not lost a region game in two seasons. South Paulding comes in at 7-0 on the season.

Forsh is hoping the team will get off to a better start then it did in Saturday’s win over Alexander. The Tigers needed an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to pull away in a close game.

Alexander led most of the contest.

“We’ve had some slow starts this season for some reason,” Forsh said. “These next two games will determine a lot of all three teams. We have to come out focused and ready to play.”

Douglas County defeated New Manchester 41-36 in the first meeting at home. Since then, New Manchester’s leading scorer from last season has returned from a back injury. She didn’t play in the first meeting.

New Manchester lost at Mays this week and now has two region losses.

“We know both games are big,” Douglas County senior Alex Warner said. “We haven’t played South Paulding yet but we know that New Manchester is going to come out strong.”

Douglas County junior Amari Robinson is averaging 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds to lead the team. Sophomore Desirae Jackson is averaging 8.8 points while sophomore Dymon Cook is chipping in 8.4 points per contest.

“We have to eliminate the slow starts to the game,” Robinson said. “We have to attack team right off the jump.”

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