The Douglas County boys traveled to Holy Innocents Friday night to compete in the Hoopsgiving Showcase. The Tigers took on Madison Prep (Ala), and picked up their fourth win in a row with a close 76-73 victory.
DC and Madison opened with a back and forth first period, with the Tigers taking a 15-13 lead. The offense exploded for Douglas County in the second period. The team went up, 40-30.
“We were able to get into up tempo flow and scored a lot on the fast break,” said DC coach Hollis Bethea “We made adjustments after the first quarter and went to a pressure defense. That allowed us to get out an run with the pressure defense.
The Tigers led 62-47 at the end of the third period and were up by as much as eight with a minute to go. Madison managed to close the gap but could not grab the lead.
“The guys really buckled down and did what they needed to do to execute and secure the win,” Bethea said. “the guys are maturing and and we played pretty good defense all night long, especially in the second and third quarter.”
Offensively, Corey Tillery led the charge with 21 points. He hit five 3-pointers and four steals.
“He had his shot going and was able to get to the basket,” Bethea said. “When he gets hot he can really shoot. We ran a few plays for him and the guys did a good job getting him the ball.”
Kalen Clifton followed with 18 points, his average through the first four games. he leads the team in scoring.
“He has worked hard and always has the ability to score,” Bethea said. “The opportunities have been limited for him in the past but this year he is getting his opportunity.”
K’Ja Johnson scored 12 points and added 12 assists, while leading the offense from the point. He scored eight of his points in the third period.
“He was getting the ball to the basket and causing a lot of problems in the paint,” Bethea said.
Elisha Johnson had a big night stepping in for an injured Brandon Robinson. He scored 12 points, had 11 rebounds, and three blocked shots.
“He did an outstanding job coming off the bench and filling a role,” Bethea said. “He can really effect the game, especially when he plays with D’Ondre [Glenn]. He scored a lot off offensive rebounds and put-backs. He ran the floor well and put a lot of pressure on defenders.”
Glenn added 10 points and seven rebounds.
“He gives us a physical presence inside,” Bethea said. “We did not go to him a lot last year in the paint, but this year we are calling his number.”
Josh Langford, of Madison, led all scorers with 31 points. The 6-foot-5, 215 pound guard is ranked in the top 12 in the nation.
“He is a heck of a player and I can see why he is ranked so hard,” Bethea said.