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Tigers take court for 5-game home stand

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee High School boys basketball team took the court for the first time back on Nov. 10 in a 77-53 setback at Hoover. The Tigers return to the hardwood for the first time since the season opener on Tuesday, Dec. 1. vs. Loachapoka.

"Our guys are anxious to get out there and play," head coach Keiven Mixson said. "(Hoover) was a great test for us in a good environment against a good team. I thought we competed well. People that weren't at the game will say they got blown out. We were in the game. We knew going in we would be missing some players. We want to play great competition. We learned a lot about ourselves that night."

Playing a solid program in 7A is a good gauge for the program, Mixson believes. Last year, the Tigers started 8-0 on their way to a 27-5 record, the most wins in the history of the program. Reaching that pinnacle this year will be a challenge.

"This is a different team than last year. Last year's team could make mistakes. There was room for error. There's not a lot of room for error with this team. We've got some talent. We're going to have to execute better."

The next five games will be on the home floor at Stumberg Gym with more heavyweights.

"It's going to be tough. This five-game stretch will be fun if you like basketball."

The five games will be played over a seven-day period as well. After Loachapoka on Tuesday, the Tigers host Reeltown on Thursday, Auburn on Friday, John Carroll on Saturday and Calhoun the following Tuesday. Calhoun features one of the state's top college prospects, Alabama commit JD Davison.

"He's incredible. My guys have gone to see him play. I think he gave us a tweet shout out saying, 'Can't wait to see Tallassee.' I've had some coaches that have seen him play and said y'all are in for a treat. Prattville Christian coach Jason Roberson told me he's the best player he's ever seen in person. He looks like a pro player. It'll be a fun test for us."

All tickets will be sold through the GoFan app. Seating is limited to 220 per game. Season ticket packages are still available for $80 each.