Tigers gear up for area series

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 8, 2005

Every season in sports is basically divided into three.

The season starts with the regular season, which usually consists of games against opponents from varying classes, areas and sometimes even parts of the country.

From there, teams move into the area season where they will see their area teams at least twice. And if the team has been successful during the area season, they will have the opportunity to advance to the postseason.

For the Greenville High School Tigers, their quest for postseason grandeur begins Friday night when they try to dispatch the Trojans of Charles Henderson High School.

According the Troy Messenger, the Trojans have lost five players from their team since the season began.

Coach Carl Hollis says that his team is basically looking for divine intervention for success.

""We just have to keep playing," Charles Henderson head coach Carl Hollis said. "Pray and play, that's what we're going to do – pray and play."

That's not a good omen for a team on the ropes.

"These are two of the biggest games of the year for us," said Randy Fullington, coach of the Greenville High School Tigers. "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."

Greenville has already had the chance to taste area competition once this season when they played host to the Eagles of Carroll (Ozark) High School.

In that game, the Tigers stood toe-to-toe with the Eagles. But, time ran out on the Eagles as they were attempting to make a comeback.

When the Greenville High gets finished with the Trojans, they will have another area team awaiting them the next day in Greenville.

The Tigers will get to face another set of Tigers. This time, the Eufaula variety.

Eufaula comes into the evenings match-up boasting a 6-10 record. But, they also have a 1-0 area record after soundly defeating the Charles Henderson Trojans.

I'm not taking anything away from Eufaula, but I know that they graduated a lot of guys from last year," said Fullington.

The Tigers knocked off the Trojans on Tuesday night by the tally of 65-50 to give them their sixth win of the season.

"Finally we had a half where our offense was equal to our defense," said Michael Smith, coach of the Eufaula Tigers. "We were able to get our ball inside and score effectively in the paint."

Getting the ball inside is not going to be a problem for the Tigers either.

Greenville has Josh Hawkins and Curtis Fields who are both well over 250 and stand near 6'5". Hawkins stands closer to 6'7"

"We know that. We know that we are going to have to play smart ball. We're going to have to double down on their big guys and force them to kick the ball out and then make them take shots that they will have to work harder to make. If we try and bang with them we will lose."

Right now, the Tigers and the Tigers are on top of the area with the Trojans and Eagles each having one loss. After this weekend, things in the area will change.

Greenville has the opportunity to become the lone unbeaten in the area by knocking off all three opponents.

The Tiger will take a break from regional action after this weekend and face Georgiana and Hillcrest-Evergreen. But will then be back in the middle of the action when they travel to Carroll Ozark and then to Eufaula.

Tipoff for Saturday's games is set for 5 p.m.