Tigers host T.R. Miller in final home game

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 29, 2005

The Greenville High Tigers were able to escape Wetumpka with a win, albeit an ugly one, but it was a win.

"We came out against Wetumpka a little slow defensively, we had a lot of breakdowns, but we ended up picking it up the second quarter defensively and shutting them down," said Randy Fullington, coach of the Greenville Tigers.

In the very physical game against the Indians, Curtis Fields didn't lead the team in scoring but he did provide double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Devoski McMeans led the team in scoring with 19 first half points.

"Devoski had 19 points in the first half and didn't score anymore in the second half, but he was big guarding their best player and shutting him down," said Fullington.

Isiah Mack finished the night with 12 points and eight rebounds, two shy of having a double-double also.

"It was a tough road game for us," said Fullington. "I felt that we won the basketball game and the football game that was being played at the same time. Very physical game for us. It was good for us to win a game like that on the road. It will help us get ready for the tournament."

The Greenville Tigers have four more dates on their schedule before the area tournament begins. After this weekend, the four dates will be cut to two, Brantley and Central-Hayneville.

Friday and Saturday, though, the Tigers will be looking for payback.

"Jeff Davis is going to be a real challenge," said Fullington. "They are No.9 in the state in 6A and they are playing pretty good basketball right now. I feel that we are playing better team basketball right now than we were back before Christmas when we played them. They beat us pretty good the first time we played them. They beat us by 20. They are good team, very talented and quick. So we are going to have to play our best game to beat them."

The Tigers will take the floor against Jeff Davis on Friday in the first ever Greenville High School Basketball Homecoming that is sponsored by the SGA. The event will have activities going on between all three of the games, complete with a performance by the G-Hi steppers, a free throw contest with a chance to win a t-shirt and Mr. and Ms. Basketball will be named at the half of the varsity game.

"It's our homecoming and we are going to have a lot of people in the stands," said Fullington. "Hopefully that will give us a little extra spark having that sixth man in the stands will give us that little extra spark we need to get over them."

Saturday night's game will be just as challenging. Last season, Greenville knocked off the homestanding T.R. Miller Tigers in the finals of the T.R. Miller Holiday Classic in Brewton to claim the tourney crown. This season, a second round loss to Mary G. Montgomery in the same tournament sent Greenville to the consolation bracket against a very outmatched squad of West Florida Jaguars.

This will be the first time the two Tiger squads have faced off this season.

"Saturday night against T.R. Miller is our last home game and it's our senior night," said Fullington. "It's always special for us. T.R. Miller, even though they are 3A team around here that doesn't mean much. A lot of times they are a very good basketball team. They are a very quick team, very scrappy basketball team. They don't match-up with us with size, but what they lack in size, they make up for in speed, quickness and toughness. We are going to have to play two good ballgames this weekend to come away with some wins."

Greenville will use this weekend to continue doing what they have been doing all season.

"We know what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are," said Fullington. "Each game we play we try to get better at our strengths and improve on our weaknesses every game. I think pretty much that the first half of the season was our barometer and we've been working and getting better. I think it will tell us how much we've improved from the first of the season till now against Jeff Davis and I'm curious to see just how much we have improved."

The Tigers and Tigers tip off this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The game will be played at Greenville High School.