Tigers split weekend series with Troy, Eufaula
The Greenville Tigers entered last weekend with the hopes of taking a firm grip on the area standings and a possible sweep of their area foes. But, when the dust settled and the records were tallied, the Eufaula Tigers and the Charles Henderson Trojans had their own views of how the weekend should go.
After picking up an area win early in the season against Carroll (Ozark) the Tigers did not play another area game until they traveled to Troy Friday.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. From that point, it was nothing but orange and blue.
"I was looking for a team-oriented game," said Carl Hollis coach of the Trojans. "Of course, I wanted us to win. But I wanted to see how they would play together."
Greenville fell to 6-9 on the season at that point with a 1-1 area record.
At the end of the first quarter, the Trojans had jumped out to an eight-point lead, 17-9.
"It's always tough to win at Charles Henderson," said Randy Fullington coach of the Greenville High School Tigers.
"We shot less than 30 percent from the floor and had 11 free throws. We were 5-for-11 free throws and they were 24-of-28. So it was a combination of them shooting a lot of free throws and making a lot of free throws and us not shooting the ball very well."
They never trailed for the duration of the game.
Gaviston Warren posted 16 points against the Trojans.
"It was an eight point ball game in the fourth quarter," said Fullington.
"We stopped them defensively four times in a row resulting in two missed free throws and three missed layups. It could have been a tie ball game but we didn't convert those four times and they did a fifth and it went to us trailing by 10 points and that was too much for us to over come."
The Tigers had less than 24 hours to recover from their loss because the next night, they were playing host to the Eufaula Tigers.
Isiah Mack turned in the high score for the Tigers with 21 points. Eight of those came from his trips to the free throw line. Mack finished the night 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Warren finished the game against the Tigers with 12 points. Warren played the role of marksmen for the Tigers, posting two fourth quarter three pointers to keep the game relatively close. Devoski McMeans scored 10 points while Josh Hawkins finished the night with eight.
Eufaula jumped out to an early 8-6 first quarter lead. But, the Greenville Tigers refused to be defeated at their own house and battled back to carry a 27-26 lead into the intermission.
Eufaula fought back to take the one point lead at the end of the third quarter, but when it was all said and done, the Tigers had posted a 63-56 victory.
"It was a good game for us, we played hard and played well," said Fullington.
"I knew that they had two players we had to stop. I knew if we could do that, we would have a chance. It was a good win for us."
Greenville shut down two of Eufaula's top scorers, but Cedrick Green stepped up and posted 22 points and six three pointers and Jeremy Hill finished the night with 14 points.
The win puts the Tigers, Tigers and Trojans in a three-way tie for first place in the area.
The Tigers had the opportunity to take control of the area on Tuesday night when the Charles Henderson Trojans came to town.
"I think we should do better here," said Fullington.
"We really shoot better at home. I also think that by the second half we had figured them out . We just have to play defense and hit the easy shots.
If we can do that, then we will have a very good chance of beating them.
Ken Rogers of the Troy Messenger also contributed to the story.