Tigers down Jags
The Greenville High Tigers used a strong second quarter surge, led by the shooting of Rashad Knight to push them ahead of the Monroe County Tigers in the T.R. Miller Tournament. But, in the second round a squad of black-clad Vikings from Mary G. Montgomery proved to be too much and sent the Tigers into the consolation final against a group of Jaguars from West Florida.
Greenville jumped out to an early lead on the squad from the Sunshine State and never looked back.
Isiah Mack and Rashad Knight were the two big scorers for the Tigers in the tournament's third place game.
Both Knight and Mack recorded all tournament team honors as well.
Mack finished the day with 22 points while Knight finished with 17 points and three three-pointers.
Greenville raced out to a 20-5 lead and then expanded their lead to 17 points at the half, 38-21.
In the second half, the Tigers had pushed the Jags pretty much out of the game with a 68-41 third quarter lead.
But by the time the final horn sounded, the Tigers had expanded their lead to 24 points, claiming them the third place trophy.
"Throughout the game we tried to take advantage of our size."
"Which I felt that we would be able to do," said Randy Fullington, coach of the Greenville High Tigers.
"We had them outmatched down low four of five inches and with that we were able to move the ball inside and they were forced to try to double team our guys."
"When that happened our big guys started kicking the ball outside to guys like Isiah and Rashad who were open for shots. And even though they were quicker than we were, we beat them up and down the floor. "
"We got several baskets in transition. Devoski and Gaviston, and Isiah all got baskets in transition."
Josh Hawkins and Curtis Fields both finished the game with six points.
"We started to run a half-court trap defense," said Fullington.
"They couldn't handle it and we were able to get a lot of turnovers as a result of that."
The Tigers look to continue their winning streak this weekend.
Greenville, who is already 1-0 in area play with a victory over Carroll(Ozark) will travel to Troy on Friday night for a game against the Charles Henderson Trojans and then will return home Saturday night to play host to the Eufaula Tigers.
"These are two of the biggest games of the year for us," said Fullington.
"Right now we are 1-0 in the area and that's all that matters. I feel like Charles Henderson is going to be our toughest team in the area that we have to face."
"I'm not taking anything away from Eufaula, but I know that they graduated a lot of guys from last year."
Before the Trojans and Tigers face the squad from Greenville, they will face each other on Tuesday night.
The Tigers may have graduated talent from last season, the Trojans are struggling this season.
"The biggest thing we can do to win games is to do what we can do, and not try and do what we can't," said Carl Hollis, coach of the Trojans.
"Right now I'm having to do a lot of teaching with my guys. Over the last couple of years, we've been in and out of practice in two hours, now we spend two hours learning what to do – then we have to practice it."
"I'll be honest with you. We aren't getting beat by teams. No one has really beaten us, except us."
According to Hollis, his Trojans are averaging 25 turnovers a game.
"You can't beat anyone like that. We start trying to do what we can't do, and we throw the ball all over the place and make sure we give people a chance to beat us."
"We've got to get better at playing smart basketball. That's why I have to do a lot more teaching than coaching. Our guys just don't know how to play basketball. They don't have those instincts."
Fullington who is going to be at the CHHS v. EHS game Tuesday night.
"The guy are excited about playing them this weekend," said Fullington.
The Tigers and Trojans will tip off Friday night at 5 p.m. in Troy.
The Tigers and the Eufaula Tigers will tip off Saturday night at 5 p.m.