Dougherty boys basketball coach Donald Poole
By Timothy Threadcraft
SPECIAL TO THE HERALD
ALBANY — Even though the Trojans notched their first win of the season on Tuesday, Dougherty County’s 45-43 victory over Americus-Sumter left head coach Donald Poole with a bad taste in his mouth.
“We’ve still got to work on cutting down on mistakes, you know, bad passes, bad shots, things like that,” Poole said.
The Trojans (1-2, 1-1) held a five-point lead at halftime but inspired defensive play in the third quarter helped the Panthers make this game a nail-biter.
With four minutes left in regulation, Americus stole the ball and converted on three straight possessions to tie the game at 40.
The momentary energy boost was short-lived, however, as the Trojans made just as many defensive stops to close out the game.
Cordarius Pickett and Montavious Jones led the way for the Trojans. Pickett added 12 points, while Jones added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Xavier Willis led the Panthers (0-1, 0-0) with 14 points, two rebounds and two steals.
Despite the late resiliency, Coach Poole was still disappointed.
“That’s good, but we don’t want to get in that situation,” Poole said. “You’ve got to learn to play to protect that lead and to continue to play ball. It’s early, you’ve got to make those corrections as you go.”
The Trojans’ travel to Cordele to take on Crisp County next Tuesday, while the Panthers host Monroe on Friday.