Chris Brandt

The Auburn High Tigers boys basketball team is 8-1 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 over Beauregard and Benjamin Russell. The Tigers' lone loss was to Ramsey. 

The Tigers are averaging 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," he said.

Brandt was able to return nearly his entire roster from last 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 an average of 62 rebounds — a stat 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 good 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. We have to be disciplined and not get too out of control."

The Tigers will have Christmas week off before preparing for Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia. As the Tigers prep, 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 next week will be a good chance to rest and heal the nicks and bruises before starting the second half of the season.

Auburn takes on Shaw in Columbus before playing archrival Opelika on Jan. 5. 

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