The Auburn High boys basketball team will try to keep its early-season momentum going after starting 4-1 on the back of several impressive offensive performances.
The Tigers took down Beauregard 85-27, Valdosta 40-39, and Benjamin Russell 79-34. Through the first five games, Auburn has been able to average 72 points — the most in school history.
“We are playing pretty good basketball,” said head coach Chris Brandt. “Through the first two games, I was really excited. I thought they were playing beyond expectations.”
The Tigers' lone loss came to Ramsay High, the number one team in 5A. As good as the opening of the season has been, injuries have set the Tigers back, forcing some younger players to step up.
According to Brandt, this has caused some scheme changes through the past few games.
“Some people have stepped up to create depth and they had the chance to get valuable playing time when they might not have been able to," he said. "Obviously, we had to change some things. We had to stop playing press as much, but the good news is we get our three football players back soon.”
Three players on Brandt’s team haven’t played as they forge their way to a state title game in football.
But after the championship game on Wednesday, the players will be joining their basketball brothers hoping to forge a state title in another sport.
“It takes about a week to get football players in condition for basketball,” said Brandt. “They need time to heal the bumps and bruises and get used to running nonstop.”
As the players move on through the season, they will have a tough stretch ahead, with four straight away games.
According to Brandt, he will be looking for his defense to match the historic performance of his offense.
“Offensively I’m satisfied. I’m just looking for our defense to catch up to where our offense is,” he said.
While the boys will be on the road, all tickets for home games will be sold through GoFans.com and all games can be streamed live on the AHS Mass Media YouTube page live and for free.