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Postseason: County’s basketball programs shine in playoffs
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County senior Justin Bridges goes up for a shot during practice earlier this season.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County senior Justin Bridges goes up for a shot during practice earlier this season.
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Douglas County basketball programs were busy participating in their respective region tournaments early last week and the first round of the state playoffs on Feb. 22.

Alexander’s boys’ basketball team won the Region 5-AAAA Tournament on Feb. 17 with an 83-61 triumph over Sandy Creek, completing an undefeated run in region play this season for the Cougars. Senior Hassani Gravett had a team-high 25 points in the victory while Mikell Lands-Davis had 20 points and Artavious Love chipped in 19 for Alexander.

Since dropping a contest to West Laurens on Dec. 20, the Cougars have won 18 consecutive contests.

“Winning the region tournament was awesome,” Alexander head coach Jason Slate said. “We won the regular season championship last season but lost in the tournament. For us to be perfect in region play was outstanding and I thought the players took care of business.”

The Cougars defeated Cass 82-28 in the first round of the playoffs last weekend and will next face Grady. The winner of that contest will battle the victor of the Carrollton vs. Marist contest later this week in the state quarterfinals.

The Douglas County High School boys’ basketball team had an eventful seven days as the Tigers secured the Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament championship on Feb. 18 with an 81-75 overtime victory over Newnan. Senior guard Corey Tillery had a team-high 22 points in the win while Brandon Robinson, Justin Bridges, K’Ja Johnson and Malik Musgrove each scored in double-figures.

The victory secured the program’s first region championship in more than eight years and the squad had to defeat three teams over four days for the title starting on Feb. 15. The team continued the positive momentum with an 88-76 win over Valdosta in the playoffs behind Bridges’ team-high 25 points.

If the Tigers are able to defeat Hillgrove this week in the second round, they will face the winner of the Tift County vs. Lovejoy contest in the state quarterfinals.

The girls’ basketball team from Douglas County High School is attempting to make a postseason run of its own, winning its playoff contest over Colquitt County, 84-47. The Tigers face the winner of McEachern vs. Brunswick later this week.

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