DHS doubles up Greene County
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Friday night’s match up between the Demopolis High Tigers and the Greene County Tigers proved once and for all that height don’t mean a thing when it comes to basketball.
Greene County’s starting lineup has as much height as any in the NBA, but even with all that height, the GCH Tigers couldn’t find a way to stop DHS as they fall 43-32.
The DHS Tigers put together a great defensive effort that held the GCH Tigers to just 10 points throughout the first half, which left head coach Jesse Bell very pleased.
“I’m very proud of the way the entire team performed defensively,” Bell said. “We really got after it.”
But defense wasn’t the only thing that improved this week for the Tigers. There was also a significant decrease in the number of turnovers this week. In fact the number was almost cut by half.
In their last two games the Tigers collected 58 turnovers, 33 of which came last Tuesday night against Bibb County. But Friday night the Tigers were able to cut that number down to just 16.
“I guess all the running they did last week for those 33 turnovers made a difference. But I’m still not entirely pleased. We need to keep the turnovers out of double digits,” Bell said.
Leading the way for the Tigers was senior forward Lequintin Lomax with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Lomax found himself in perfect position all night to receive the ball down low and had no problems banking it off the glass time and time again.
While Lomax did most of the work down low, DHS junior guard Greg McClain preferred to work from a little farther out. Being one of the smallest players on the court, McClain proved that appearances don’t mean anything. He collected 14 points and 6 rebounds on the night with 12 of his 14 points coming from behind the arch.
But it was his first two shots of the night that made the difference. McClain showed no fear against the visiting Tigers as he led an early charge hitting two from behind the arch just minutes into the game.
“McClain got us started off good and did a great job of setting the pace of the game,” Bell said.
With the win the Tigers improve to 2-0 in the area and will look to Friday’s game with Livingston as a chance to prove the same point again.