The Douglas County boys made the trip west to Newnan High School Tuesday evening for a Region 3-AAAAAA game. The Tigers battled with Newnan, finally taking the lead for good early in the fourth quarter ,and holding on for a 53-49 victory.
DC took an early 19-17 lead in the first quarter but trailed 27-23 at the half and 39-37 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Corey Tillery was able to knock down two 3-pointers to give DC the lead and K’Ja Johnson added another shot from long distance. After going up by seven, Newnan was not able to come back.
“It wasn’t so much what we did different in the game as much as what it was they did different,” said DC boys coach Hollis Bethea. “They came out in a 1-3-1 zone and we were able to get a couple of three’s off and get up. That was really the difference in the game.”
Brandon Robinson led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points. He scored nine in the first quarter.
“He had a pretty good game and is getting himself back to 100-percent,” Bethea said. “His ankle has been bothering him but I feel he is almost back.”
Corey Tillery followed with 14 points and both K’Ja Johnson and D”Ondre Glenn had 10 points each.
“Corey shot the ball well. That is what he does. He is a shooter,” Bethea said. “K’Ja had a solid game and kept the offense flowing. He did what was necessary to win the game.”
Glenn had an all-around solid performance, completing a double-double with 11 rebounds. He also had four blocked shots.
“He was a difference,” Bethea said. “His energy and effort, he plays very hard and controlled the game at each end.”
Johnson led the team in assists with five.
Douglas County will be back in action on Friday when the Tigers and Lady Tigers host Langston Hughes.