Cash filling in and more takeaways from THS' win to restart district play

Jan. 12—Returning to district play wasn't a walk in the park for the Tahlequah Tigers.

While they did pick up a seven-point win over East Central, the lead was uncertain at times as the Cardinals picked away at a lead that was double digits at one point to down to just three points.

Going forward, it looks like the Tigers will have a different look as starting point guard Brycen Smith seems to be out for a period of time after injuring his knee.

For what that future looks like keep reading below:

Cash looking comfortable at PG

When Smith went down with his knee injury, junior Cash McAlvain stepped in as the starting point guard. THS Head Coach Duane Jones said that McAlvain's natural position is point guard and was moved over to shooting guard. McAlvain looked like a natural in his first time leading the Tigers for an extended period of time.

McAlvain put up a season-high 31 points from the point guard spot. The junior picked up four three-pointers against the Cardinals.

"We are not sure with Brycen where he is at. Cash will probably take the point more and closer to his natural poison he is just playing it a year early. He is a great scorer and we expect big things out of it," Jones said.

McAlvain looked very comfortable running the offense. If Smith is out for an extended period of time, the Tigers should be in good hands with McAlvain running the offense.

Filling in by committee

If Smith is to miss a significant period of time with his injury, the Tigers will likely fill his minutes by committee.

Through one game, the Tigers gave extended minutes to Jordan Daugherty, J.J. Antwine and Miguel Rodriquez. While this trio of players has seen time before this season, it was not for an extended period of time. Filling in for Smith, the trio put up eight points.

Scrappy play

Throughout the young season, the Tigers have proven that they can take a punch and keep rolling. Case in point with Smith. Some teams face a major injury and let it get to the healthy players on the court.

Throughout the season the Tigers have been able to get down or let teams chip away at their lead and it doesn't get to them. Throughout the perfect 5-0 start to district play, the Tigers have found their opponents either take a lead late or get within a possession or two, but by the final buzzer, it doesn't matter.

THS has been able to take those punches and roll with them to close out games in their style of play.

The Tigers will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 against Booker T. Washington. As it stands at time of publishing, both teams sit at 5-0 in district play.

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