Tigers hope for 6 area wins

Published 10:52 pm Thursday, January 22, 2009

After clinching their area Tuesday night against Flomaton, the Red Level Tigers look to seal the deal tonight and go undefeated in Class 2A, Area 1, as they host Mobile Christian.

The Tigers (17-6, 5-0) squeaked by Flomaton, 65-64, with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Cale Nolen.

Red Level coach Fred Kelley said Mobile Christian has won its last three games, including beating Flomaton at their home court.

“They’re a senior-lead team and they are going to be a really big challenge here for us at home,” Kelley said. “They do a lot of things well and we’re going to have to be ready. Of course the good thing is that we’re thankful we are going to be able to host the (area) tournament regardless.

“Because of Flomaton and Mobile Christian splitting, that gives us an opportunity to host the tournament,” he said.

Kelley added his team is “excited” at the opportunity to face Mobile Christian tonight.

“It’s going to be a huge game and our boys are excited,” he said. “We know that if we are fortunate to go after the first round we may see them again. So, we know how important this game is. We’ve got to come out and play well.”

The Tigers faced Mobile Christian on the road Jan. 9 and won 56-50 and Kelley said he will try to bring a more “up-tempo” type game this time.

“We hope to get the game more in an up-tempo game,” Kelley said. “They’re very methodical and take their time and making you do things that allow them some easy buckets.

“When I say methodical, they work the ball and try to get you in a (bad) position and take advantage of that,” he said. “What we want to do is use our strengths, which is transition basketball, get it out and move it and try to get more in a full-court scale than a half court. We’ve got to do that early in the ball game.”

On Dec. 5, 2008, Red Level senior Kyle Nolen collided with a Greenville player and dislocated his kneecap. As of this week, Nolen’s doctor has released him and has allowed him to return to the team.

“He’ll be dressed out and still hadn’t hit the reps yet since the injury,” Kelley said. “(Thursday) will be the first day that he’ll be out on the court with us going through some drills and things. We’re excited about that because that’s headed in the right direction. I don’t know how much time he’ll be able to get, but the main thing is that he’s back and that’s encouraging.”

Red Level will tip off tonight at 4:30 p.m. with the B-team.