Because of Slaughter’s ability to penetrate at will and Rainey’s ability to drain jump shots consistently, the backcourt duo is tough to stop.
“Teams try to key in on me and when they do it opens the game up for Emmanuel so I kick it to him and he hits threes and it works both ways,” Slaughter said.
“Me and Deandre are leaders on the team,” said Rainey after the Bulldogs’ first-round victory over Luella on Feb. 20. “We just want to keep each other involved.”
In Tri-Cities’ first playoff appearance since 2007, Slaughter and Rainey were very involved, notching 20 and 17 points, respectively.
“They play very well off of each other,” Tri-Cities coach Omari Forts said. “To be able to have Deandre attack and put pressure on the defense is key.”
Rainey is not only effective from the perimeter because of his clean looks at the basket but also due to his offseason workout sessions with international basketball player Carlos White.
Rainey, who has a 3.9 GPA and an interest in engineering, said they shoot more than a thousand jumpers a day.