By Doug Gorman
The Stockbridge Tigers look like a team hungry to win a Region 4-AAAA basketball title.
That was the message they sent out loud and clear Friday inside a rowdy Ola High School gymnasium.
By the time the dust settled, the Tigers had rolled to an 88-69 victory, took sole possession of first place, and in the process handed Ola its first loss of the season.
The game stayed close early with Ola building a 21-18 lead at the end of the first half, but Stockbridge took control in the second quarter.
After Ola led 23-20 and 25-23 early in the middle stanza, the Tigers put together an offensive explosion and rolled out to a 53-32 lead at the break.
Stockbridge used five 3-point shots during the second quarter to pull away from the previously unbeaten Mustangs.
McDonald's All-American nominee Chris Davis connected on two of the treys, and Justin Freemen and Dante Campbell each got into the long-rang shooting act to help push the Tigers' lead to double-digits.
Stockbridge's Regis Wilbourn also knocked down a trey as the second-quarter buzzer sounded to give the Tigers their 21-point lead at the half.
Campbell and Davis put on a scoring clinic for the Tigers. Campbell finished the night with 31 points and Davis added 26.
Ola's Trey Swanson finished the night with 25 and Tim Mason tossed in 24.
Swanson caught fire in the third quarter scoring 15 points, but the Tigers led 74-52 heading into the final period.
The Tigers improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Region 4-AAAA action. Ola suffered its first loss of the year, dropping to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Stockbridge plays at home against Forest Park Saturday, while Ola plays North Clayton away on Tuesday.
Girls game: The Stockbridge Lady Tigers pushed their overall record to 4-3 and their Region 4-AAAA mark to 2-2 with a 48-46 victory against Ola Friday night.
In a game that featured several lead changes and ties, Stockbridge took the lead for good when Amari Moreland converted two free throws to push the Lady Tigers out to a 48-45 margin.
It was one of the few times the Lady Tigers were able to execute both ends of free throws. Stockbridge only managed to convert 9-of-26 attempts from the line, and that helped Ola stay in the game.
Taylor Anderson started the contest in a big way for Ola hitting a 3-point shot to give the Lady Mustangs a 3-0 lead.
Her trey sparked a 9-0 run, but Stockbridge bounced back and cut the Lady Mustangs' lead to 15-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Ties were the order of the day as the game was tied again 24-all heading into the third quarter and 34-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Moreland and Debroah Hoe each had 14 points for Stockbridge. Jordan Brown added 13 for the Lady Mustangs.
Ola dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in Region 4-AAAA.