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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County coach Chet Forsh tries to make a point with the game officials during Saturday's Region 5-AAAAAA contest at New Manchester.

Douglas County and New Manchester played another nail-biter that came down to the final seconds.

And again, Douglas County was able to pull off the Region 5-AAAAAA win in the closing seconds.

A free throw and steal by Tigers junior point guard Makayle Cope in the closing seconds gave them a 40-39 road win.

Cope made one of two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining and then made a steal on the defensive end to seal the game as the buzzer sounded.

Cope free throw came after New Manchester missed four free throws in the last 36 seconds.

Down the majority of the game, the Jaguars were able to tie the game at 36-36 when Makaila Cange completed a traditional three-point play with 3:13 remaining.

However, the Tigers would answer when sophomore Dymon Cook made a layup and was fouled. She converted the free thrown as Douglas County took a 39-36 lead.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers in the closing seconds in a game.

Saturday’s game looked much like the earlier contest, which Douglas County won 41-36 at its place.

With the win, Douglas County remained in first place in the region with a 9-0 record. The Tigers are 11-5 overall.

New Manchester dropped to 11-5 and 6-3.

Douglas County is coming off a 63-46 win at South Paulding, which gave them sole possession of first place in the region. The Tigers are on a 39-game regular-season region winning streak.

Douglas County hasn’t lost a region game since Jan. 30, 2015 when it lost 75-62 to Westlake.

The Tigers are back in action on Monday when they play Fayette County in a non-region game in the MLK Holiday Basketball Classic it is helping to host.

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