Twice as nice: Dadeville Tigers complete sweep versus AuburnPublished 10:36am Tuesday, January 15, 2013
By Ed Baileytones
Dadeville is firmly in the driver’s seat of area play after defeating Auburn High School 64-55.
The win is the fourth straight for the Tigers and brings their record to 2-0 versus Auburn this season.
“I was really unsure how we’d do after such a physical game with Handley,” DHS head boys basketball coach Rodney Taylor said. “A lot of focus and energy went into that game (versus Handley) but we responded very well (at Auburn).”
Terry Toler led the way for Dadeville, scoring 25 and grabbing 10 boards for a double-double.
Tomas Foster chipped in with 16 points and eight boards. Malik Tolbert had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The strong play of the seniors and the team overall has Taylor very confident as the Tigers head down the home stretch of the season.
“I feel good about us,” he said. “We’re battling hard and we control our own destiny. We win out, we host (the area tournament). We don’t need any help from anybody.”
Next up for the Tigers is a tilt versus Beauregard tonight. Taylor expects the game to be challenging for the Dadeville squad.
However, history is on the side of Dadeville as recent meetings with the Hornets have ended very favorably for the Tigers.
“Beauregard is well-coached,” he said. “They’re going to be very athletic. But we’ve beaten them six straight times. I always tell the team that you’ve got to take care of home court. We’re undefeated in the area at home and we’d like to continue that through the end of the season.”
Taylor said that his team’s resolve and ability to respond to physical play has strengthened the team and it would be key for DHS when they play the Hornets.
“All we have to do is carry on with what we’re doing,” he said.