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Tigers working through tough season
by Ericka Birdsong
January 23, 2013 01:57 PM | 1827 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County High School senior forward Tevin Lighty warms up during practice.
Douglas County High School senior forward Tevin Lighty warms up during practice.
With 17 games down, the Douglas County boys’ basketball team has a 9-8 record with wins and losses alternating throughout the schedule.

“We’ve been up and down for sure, but it comes with the territory with how young we are,” said head Joby Boydstone.

Losing five seniors to graduation was one matter Boydstone said has affected the team as those seniors averaged a total of 70 points a night. Along with that was the issue of injuries.

In the Tigers’ latest game against Newnan last week, illness and injury combined to deplete the team in a 78-68 loss.

“Our starting point guard had been sick lately and wasn’t over it and our wing player was feeling ill as well,” Boydstone said.

Also missing from this game was 6-foot-4 freshman shooting guard Brandon Robinson who had been out following a concussion in the Tri-Cities game Jan. 11.

“Through all the adversity we’ve played some ranked teams that we could have beaten. The kids have hung tough. Once we figure it out, we’ll be dangerous,” said Boydstone.

Even with losses, the Tigers are putting points on the board with 62 being their lowest score for a game.

The top scorers for Douglas County are 6-foot-3 junior small forward Justin Bridges and 5-foot-10 senior small forward Jalen Thornton.

Bridges averages 20.6 points a night with Thornton following closely behind at 19.4.

Defensively, Boydstone said 6-foot-3 senior small forward Tevin Lighty is the top player as he routinely guards the other team’s biggest player and averages eight rebounds and three blocks per game. Boydstone also said Lighty is hard working and does little things which do not show up on the stat sheet but really count.

Overall, despite the record, Boydstone said he is pleased with the toughness of his team and the future they have.

“The guys are a tough bunch and have sustained a lot. They’re young players but they’ve shown lots of resilience, mentally and physically…The future looks bright. We have a good core,” said Boydstone.

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