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BASKETBALL: Tigers and Lady Tigers earn back to back wins after losing season opener
Ty Whitmire shoots a three-pointer during the Tigers’ Nov. 24 victory over South Atlanta High School. - photo by Jacob Smith

After a tough start of back to back losses on Saturday, the Tigers and the Lady Tigers basketball teams came back with a vengeance this week and won their remaining games in the Raider Classic Thanksgiving Tournament.


On Monday, Nov. 23, the Tigers won 73-63 against Mount Paran Christian School from Kennesaw, Ga., for their first win of the season. 

Joakeim Celestin led the Tigers with 27 points scored and 5 assists. Jake Craft scored 14 points and Max Tierny led with 8 rebounds.

“We’ve got good chemistry and we’ve got some really good players,” Tigers Head Coach Todd Cottrell said after the game. “Our entire team competes.”

The Tigers collected their second victory of the season by beating South Atlanta High School 70-51 on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in their last game of the tournament. 

Joakeim Celestin dunks on a breakaway during the Tigers’ Nov. 24 victory over South Atlanta High School. - photo by Jacob Smith

Craft and Celestin combined for 49 of the Tigers’ 70 points in the game on Tuesday. Craft scored 28 and Celestin scored 21. Celestin led the team with 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Ty Whitmire led the effort with nine assists. 

The Tigers’ offense was on fire during the start of the game, scoring 27 points in the first quarter alone. The team led by 29 points in the fourth quarter. 

Celestin was named to the all-tournament team, nominated by tournament officials for his performance in the three games. He averaged 21.7 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game during the tournament. 

The Tigers will rest during the Thanksgiving holiday and resume the season on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Lanier High School in Buford, Ga. 

“We have to be a little better defensively,” Cottrell said. “Rotations and understanding situational stuff. A bunch of other stuff too but those two stick out after these games.”

Lady Tigers 

The Lady Tigers won their first game of the season on Monday, Nov. 23 against South Atlanta High School 74-47. The team combined for an impressive 10 three pointers made in the game. Anglin led the team with 21 points scored in the game. 

Tuesday’s game resulted in a 58-49 victory against Creekview High School from Canton, Ga.. The Lady Tigers were up by six at halftime but held Creekview to only six points in the third quarter, and took a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. However, Lady Tigers head coach Eric Herrick saw something he did not like at the end of the game. 

“We’re up 15 or 16 with four minutes left and we don’t understand how to finish a game,” Herrick said after Tuesday’s game. “We’re taking bad shots and we’re forcing stuff. We should not be in a stressful situation at the end of the game.”

Anglin led the Lady Tigers with 32 points scored during the game. She has led the team in scoring all three of their games so far and was the Lady Tigers’ representative on the All-Tournament team. She averaged 20.7 points in the three games. 

Madison Anglin shoots over a defender during the Lady Tigers’ Nov. 24 victory over Creekview High School. - photo by Jacob Smith

“She’s just playing out of her mind,” Herrick said. “I love watching her play on the court right now.” 

The Lady Tigers will also travel to Lanier High School on Tues., Dec. 1, for their next game. The Lady Tigers play at 6 p.m., with the Tigers playing directly after at 7:30 p.m.