Basketball teams get ready to resume region contests

By Derrick Mahone


It is the first week of games of the 2010 portion of the season, and Stockbridge coach Duane Kelley calls it a "test week" for his team.

The Tigers head into tonight's matchup against Jonesboro as the Region 4-AAAA leader with a 6-0 record in the league. Jonesboro, the defending region champions, brings a 3-1 record into the contest.

Kelley expects a good physical contest from Jonesboro, but at the same time, the Tigers will be tested mentally. With a much-anticipated match-up at North Clayton Friday, Stockbridge will try not to be caught looking ahead to that game.

"We are not good enough to overlook anybody," Kelley said.

"We have never beaten Jonesboro, and they scare me.

We might have a decent record, but we still have to play the games."

North Clayton coach Martisse Troup will try to keep his team focused on tonight's opponent Dutchtown.

"Our concern is Dutchtown," Troup said.

"We realize that we can't lose any more games if we want to be region champions.

We don't look ahead on our schedule."

This will be the Eagles first game since winning the Bobcat Classic at Bluffton High School in South Carolina. North Clayton beat Q Foundation Academy 77-59 in the championship game behind 26 points from tournament MVP Antwuan Murphy's 26 points.

Sophomore Marcus Hunt was also named to the all-tournament team.

Prior to traveling to South Carolina, North Clayton beat Sheffield of Memphis in the Memphis vs. Atlanta Roundball Christmas Classic at Mount Zion High.

Murphy was named to the all-tournament team.

"Hopefully out boys have gotten back focus and hungry," Troup said. "Winning those games and tournament was a big confidence boost.

I got a chance to see a lot of our younger players do well, and at the same time was able to build a bench."

In the girls' game, this will be Dutchtown's first game since winning the Chuck Miller Classic last month.

The Bulldogs are 10-1 overall and take on a North Clayton team that has improved to 5-5.

North Clayton has won its last two games while competing in the DeKalb Holiday Tournament.

Creekside and Lovejoy boys battle in a key Region 4-AAAAA contest. Lovejoy is 4-0 and a half-game behind Westlake for the region lead while the Seminoles enter the contest with a 3-1 region record.

The Wildcats are hoping to snap a four-game losing streak.