Tigers fall in season opener

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Football season ended two weeks ago for some teams, for others its still going on.

For athletes at Greenville High School, what happened on the football field is an afterthought. It's basketball season for the Tiger faithful.

The Tigers opened their season Friday night against Central-Hayneville High School. The two teams played in front of a sold out crowd.

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The 3A Lions posted the 59-52 victory a repeat from last year.

"Considering that two of our five starters have never started before and three are football players," said Randy Fullington, coach of the Tigers, "losing by seven to a very good Central team is far from disappointing."

"I've said that this team we played Friday night will be playing in Birmingham, at least the Final Four. We didn't play as well as we will in the future."

The Tigers were led in scoring by Devoski McMeans with 14 points and Demetrius Posey with eight.

Now the Greenville has one game under their belt, they have a week to prepare for their next opponent. The Tigers will play host to Georgiana High School next Tuesday at 1 p.m.

"I wanted to have one game during school to give the student body a chance to see our team," said Fullington.

"It gives kids a taste of what Greenville Tiger basketball is all about. Most of our games are on Friday and Saturdays and some kids aren't going to come to school on those days. Hopefully this will spark some interest in some kids that normally wouldn't come to a game."

Despite the season opening loss, Fullington is confident in his team and wants to see a packed house for every home game.

"Rivals like Calhoun, like Central will sell out with no problem," said Fullington. "I want to see the place packed when we have schools like Wetumpka come here."

Following the Georgiana game, the Tigers will be on the road against Evergreen.

The Tigers will not be home again until Dec. 3 when they begin a four-game home stand facing Carroll (Ozark), Charles Henderson, Wetumpka and then Calhoun.