“It is always a good game,” TC Central head coach Damien Dorsey said. “It is the biggest game of the season in football and basketball. It is becoming a good rivalry for us. We had games last year and came out winning the area, so I know they are gunning for us again this year. I am excited; Coach Smith and I are good friends, so it is a friendly rivalry with us. It is going to be a nice atmosphere for high school basketball.”
The Fighting Tigers enter tonight’s game with a 4-3 overall record and they 2-0 in area play with both wins coming against Westminster School in Oak Mountain. TC Central played Talladega tight in their first meeting of the season. Talladega used a third quarter run to defeat TC Central, 71-61.
“I think we have a good nucleus from 1-8 and the other young guys are coming along,” Dorsey said. “We are just trying to keep working.”
Crystyle Stockdale has been leading the way for the Fighting Tigers offense. The junior guard scored 28 points against Vincent, 24 against Westminster and he dropped 27 on Talladega.
“Crystyle has been averaging 24 points per game, that’s real good, but like I said we can’t have one person putting up 50 percent of the load all year,” Dorsey said. “We got to get other guys getting aggressive, finding inside and hitting free throws, so we can get other guys involved more often.”
The Bulldogs (2-5, 2-1) enter tonight’s game on a two game winning streak. Winterboro defeated Fayetteville, 58-49 on Tuesday and they defeated ASD, 47-43 on Monday.
“They have the big guy inside (Juttorius Cook)and he is always a threat to get you 15 and 10,”Dorsey said. “We have to do a good job of putting our body on him and making sure we put pressure on those guys to make sure not to get it in his hands. We have to keep him off the boards.”
A win for the Fighting Tigers will help them in their quest of winning back to back area championships.
“Our goal is to be better than what we were at the beginning of the season, he said. “We ended football a little bit later than expected as far as the basketball team, so those guys got a late start on conditioning. We are trying to get our legs up under us. We are 2-0 by the grace of God in the area going into this game. Then we face Fayetteville next week, so we have a big week coming up.”