Douglas County Tigers host Pope in Class AAAAAA playoff contest

Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County guard Arsula Clark will lead the Tigers against Pope this evening in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

As the Douglas County Tigers head into this evening’s first-round Class AAAAAA playoff game, coach Chet Forsh can still name some things his team must do better.

“As a coach, you can always find something wrong,” Forsh said. “I know as much as we push the ball that we will make some turnovers. I would like to see us cut down on those turnovers.”

The Tigers won their second straight region championship with a 66-45 win over New Manchester on Saturday.

“I was happy that everybody got to play in that game,” Forsh said. “For the most part we played well as a team. We won and got the region championship. It didn’t matter of we had won by a point, the important thing is we won.”

The Tigers head into tonight’s home playoff game against Pope as the region’s top seed.

“We have played Pope before in the playoffs,” Forsh said. “It has been a while but they have the same coach. The personnel has changed but they probably do some of the same things. It is just a matter of finding out who their scorers are, and that shouldn’t take to long.”

Pope is the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA after finishing the regular-season in fifth place. The Greyhounds have lost four of their last 10 games, including its last two in the region tournament to finish in fourth place.

While Douglas County is making its 10th straight postseason appearance, the Greyhounds are in the state tournament for the second straight season and fourth time in the last six years.

Pope hasn’t advanced out of the first round since the 2010-11 season. The Greyhounds are 17-10 overall.

Douglas County has won eight straight since a 50-46 loss at home to Columbia in the MLK Holiday Classic. Since that loss the Tigers have won eight straight and 22 of their last 23 games.

The Tigers are 8-2 at home with two non-region losses.

Douglas County is averaging 66 points per game with Louisiana-Monroe signee Arsula Clark leading the charge.

Clark, a first team all-region player, averaged 16.8 points and nine rebounds per game while Amari Robinson is averaging 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds.