AHS assistant coach Chris Brandt

A casual bystander watching the varsity boy’s basketball team practice might think the blond guy in sweats is Auburn High School’s head basketball coach. He has a whistle, conducts drills, offers suggestions and critiques players.

The Auburn High boys basketball team is 8-2 midway through the season as the Tigers continue to assert offensive dominance over their opponents. 

Auburn has wins over Prattville, Valdosta, Loachapoka, with two wins each over Beauregard and Benjamin Russell. The Tigers'  losses were to Ramsey and Eufaula. 

The Tigers are averaging almost 73 points per game and have thoroughly impressed head coach Chris Brandt. 

"I feel good about the wins, it's hard to go on the road and pull out three wins like we have done," he said.

Brandt was able to return nearly his entire roster from the previous season, and that experience has translated into a new approach to how they play the game. 

"I knew I had a lot of depth, so I went about this season a little bit different," he said. "Up tempo, heavy rotation. You won't see one player with high numbers, you see a bunch of kids scoring a bunch of points, but if you look at the team stats you'll see some pretty incredible things."

Those incredible things include stats like an average of 62 rebounds per game — a statistic Brandt said he was unsure if he'd ever seen before. 

While the team has done well so far, Brandt knows in order to stay competitive there are still things his team needs to improve on.

"We have to do the little things," he said. "We need to shoot better free throws, I feel like we could do a lot better in that aspect. We have to be disciplined and not get too out of control."

The Tigers got Christmas week off before playing in a tournament at Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia. The Tigers dropped their most recent game against Eufaula, but will look to rebound against Starr’s Mill, which is 6-3 on th season. 

As the Tigers prepare for Starr’s Mill, Brandt is hammering in the value of each game they are able to play.

"You never know when they will just stop it all," he said. "You need to embrace each game."

Brandt also said that the past week has been a good chance to rest the bumps and bruises before starting the second half of the season.

Auburn took on Starr’s Mill on Wednesday after print deadline, but will continue preparing for a match-up on Tuesday at home against archrival Opelika at 7 p.m.

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