There is no time, or need for that matter, for the Douglas County boys team to panic.
The Tigers travel to East Coweta tonight for a Region 3-AAAAAA contest on a three-game losing streak. Despite its 72-61 loss at Campbell on Tuesday, the Tigers still maintain a third-place spot in the region standings.
Senior guard Brandon Robinson said the immediate goal is to get out of its current slump. In addition to losing three straight, and five of its last six games.
Included in those losses are games to out-of-town powerhouses Norland of Miami and Bartow of Florida.
“We are looking to get out of this slump,” Robinson said. “Everybody knows about the task at hand. We are still in a good position as far as the region goes. I think we will be all right.”
Tigers coach Hollis Bethea agrees.
“That loss to Campbell really didn’t hurt us because we would still be in third even if we had won,” Bethea said. “You never want to lose but we know what is ahead of us. We just need to win the games that we are suppose to win. We feel if we take care of our business we will still end up in second or third place. There is not much difference between third and second in our region. It is always going to be a battle in the region tournament.”
Westlake, the top-ranked team in Class AAAAAA, is undefeated in region play followed by Pebblebrook. The Tigers have lost to Pebblebrook twice this year and will host Westlake on Jan. 29.
Douglas County is 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the region. Several of its games have come against some of the top teams in the country in tournaments in Gwinnett County, North Carolina and Florida.
“We played a national schedule against some very good teams,” Bethea said. “We have played against three guys that are McDonald’s All-Americans. We have also played against three teams that are ranked No. 1 in their state. We are hoping those games will help us once we get into the region tournament.”