AHS baskeball

Auburn High bested area rival Opelika 74-55 last week

Since Christmas break, the Auburn High boys basketball team has been hard at work and racking up an impressive run. 

The team followed Christmas with a tough loss to a ranked Eufaula team, which won in the final seconds by only three points. The loss was only the Tigers' second of the season and helped fuel an impressive three-game winning streak. 

During that stretch the Tigers averaged just over 72 points per game while outscoring their opponents, who averaged just 44. 

“Right now, we are playing well,” said head coach Chris Brandt. “We beat Starr’s Mill, Loachapoka, and our rival Opelika and I think everyone got to play in those last two games. Anytime you beat your rival, it's a good thing.”

While Brandt is proud of his team’s accomplishments so far, he knows that his boys cannot become complacent with area play beginning. 

“For us, the season starts with Smiths and Friday against Central,” said Brandt. “This is the start of the new season.”

The Tigers faced off against Smiths Station on Tuesday, easily winning the match-up 79-56, and now turn their attention to the Central Red Devils, who they are set to play on Friday. 

“We have to control the tempo,” said Brandt. “We have shot the ball well these past three games and to me that’s what you have to do.”

Despite Brandt implementing his "new season" mentality to his players, he also acknowledged that while area play is just getting kicked off, the season as a whole is coming to an end. 

“We don't have very many more games, a lot of them have been canceled due to Covid. So we just need to make sure that we make every game count.”

The Tigers will travel to face the Central on Friday, with the game set to begin at 7 p.m.

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