DHS holds off CoosaPublished 10:20am Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Dadeville Tigers weren’t sure what kind of hoops team it would have this season, but the Tigers had enough to open the 2013 campaign on a high note, fending off the Central High School – Coosa County Cougars 55-49.
The loss is the first one for the Cougars this year (2-1).
“I was really proud of the kids, “ said Dadeville head coach Rodney Taylor. “For us to only play six kids and have only two days of practice, I thought we played really well. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was just hoping we’d go down there and be competitive.”
Malik Tolbert led the Tigers with 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half.
He was one of three Tigers’ players to score in double-figures. Jay Foster scored 14, and LaJavis Hughley added 11 points off the bench.
“LaJavis can do some things on offense, and I knew he had the potential to be pretty good,” Taylor said. “It was just a matter of seeing it in the game. He made some nice passes and some good basketball plays. He plays pretty steady and under control.”
The game was close from start to finish, as both teams headed into the break knotted at 24. In the third quarter, M. Tolbert began to find his shooting stroke.
“Overall, our guards played well,” Taylor said. “They handled the ball well, and they knocked down the shots we needed them to knock down. For our first game, we didn’t do much to hurt ourselves, but we did a lot to help ourselves.”
At the same time, however, Coosa guard Quin Robbins started heating up, scoring 14 points in the third period.
After a basket from Robbins, the Cougars seemed to have control, but two quick layups by Dadeville’s C.J. Tolbert put the Tigers back ahead. He would finish the night with 8 points total.
From that point, Dadeville ramped up its press defense and was able to put the clamps on Robbins and the Cougars in the final minutes.
“The only thing I was disappointed with from the team was our defensive rebounding,” Taylor said. “We gave Coosa way too many extra shots. A team like that can beat your eyes out.”
Dadeville will try to keep the momentum going as they have two key area games coming up.
“We’ve got Beulah and Clay-Central next up,” Taylor said. “If we can go and steal those on the road, it’ll give us a leg up in winning the area, because we know they’ll have to come to us, and I like our chances at home.”
For the Cougars, Robbins was the lone scorer in double-figures, netting a game-high 24 points in the contest.