Douglas County will not enter this week’s Class AAAAAA playoffs in the same fashion it welcomed in the new season back in November.
The Tigers are heading to the first-round of the playoffs on a two-game losing streak after being losing 68-61 to Campbell in the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament consolation game.
Douglas County (15-10) will have to travel on Tuesday for a first round game against either Tucker or Newton.
But that hasn’t discouraged the Tigers from thinking they still have a shot at making a playoff run.
“We just have to come into our game more focused,” Douglas County guard Brandon Robinson said. “We can’t wait to jump on teams. We have to do it from the start of the game.”
The Campbell loss came on the heels of a setback to Pebblebrook in the region semifinals game. In that game, Douglas County saw Falcons guard Colin Saxton score a game-high 44 points.
“We just have to pick our selves up now and get ready for the state playoffs,” Tigers senior guard Reece Anderson said. “We still have a chance and we can make a run.”
The Tigers hopes come from playing in what is considered the toughest region in the state. Douglas County also played a tough non-region schedule against some of the top teams in the nation, including three teams that were ranked No. 1 in their classification.
“We feel the schedule has made us tough,” Anderson said. “We have faced some good teams, and we have been down before. I know some teams are sleeping on us because of our record. We just have to come out and prove ourselves again.”
Douglas County entered the season with high hopes as they were in the top-10 rankings to start the season.
However, some losses to some out-of-state teams in a couple elite tournaments had some doubting the Tigers ability. Douglas County loss twice to Pebblebrook during the regular season in addition to dropping region games to Campbell and Westlake on the road.
Campbell coach James Gwyn said the tough competition in the region will serve the Tigers well in the upcoming state tournament.
“Each night in this region you are going to face a good team with some elite players,” Gwyn said. “These players will not be intimidated by other teams because they are use to top competition. I think each team in this region will be prepared for the state tournament.”
In the loss to Campbell, Khayl Waters had a game-high 19 points while Robinson added 18 points and Kalen Clifton finished with 13 points.
The Tigers were down the entire game, including double-digits a couple times in the game.
However, Douglas County made a fourth-quarter run to close the game.
“We just have to learn from this loss and move on,” Robinson said. “We are still excited about the playoffs and we feel like we have more basketball to play.”