TCC focused on finishing against Poka
by LaVonte Young
Feb 13, 2014 | 1543 views |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The vision of Loachapoka players and coaches celebrating on the floor of Clearance Marble Gymnasium last season still leaves a bad taste in the mouths of the TC Central basketball team. Tonight, the Fighting Tigers will get their chance to get redemption as they host their archrivals the Loachapoka Indians at 7 p.m. with a spot in the Class 1A Central Regional in Montgomery on the line.

“That is definitely motivation,” Dorsey said. “For me as a competitor, it is definitely motivation for me that we lost to somebody on our home floor and we get a second chance at them. That does not happen that many times in sports, so when you do get a second chance you have to make the best of it.”

Last season, the Indians overcame a double-digit in the fourth quarter to defeat TC Central. This season, finishing games has been a point of emphasis for the Fighting Tigers.

“It is going to take us to finish, “Dorsey said. “I truly believe that we can play with anybody in the state, so we just have to go out there and prove it and finish the game.”

Just like most teams throughout North and Central Alabama, the Fighting Tigers haven’t been able to practice due to the winter weather event that has passed through the state this week. Dorsey hopes his team will be ready to play despite the long layoff.

“The weather has not helped us, but you can’t use that as an excuse, because everybody is going through it,” TC Central head coach Damien Dorsey said. “All we can do is make sure when we get into school tomorrow that we are focused and that everybody comes ready to play. The weather has not been kind, so all we can do is bounce back and hope that everybody is still in condition from throughout the year and play ball.”

TC Central (17-9) defeated Westminister Oak Mountain, 49-36 in the finals of Class 1A Area 7 tournament. TC Central struggled defensively in the first half of their game on Monday, but the second half adjustments the TC Central coaching staff made during intermission helped them hold their opponent to nine second half points.

The second-year head coach feels like his team his team has really bought in to what he has been coaching over the last two seasons.

“Everybody has been committed and that is the difference right there,” Dorsey said. “You can tell by the way that we play, we are playing more as a team. Everybody is out for each other; they are hustling for the next person and for their teammate. You can really tell in our play. Defense is more important, because you have to be able to trust the guy behind you in the defense that we play. You can really tell the trust is really coming together.”

Loachapoka enters tonight’s game looking to eliminate the Fighting Tigers for the second straight season. The Indians were blown out in the Class 1A Area 6 finals by St. Jude, 76-51.

Tipoff is set for tonight at 7 p.m. from Howell’s Cove. Dorsey hopes that the community and basketball fans from surrounding areas come out to support the Fighting Tigers.

“We need all the fans that we can muster to come out to support us, TC,” he said. “Even non fans, Munford fans, and Lincoln fans-we need them all.”