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December 18, 2013
Doss hold off a great effort from Western
Tuesday night, two Sixth Region powers collided at Western Arena. The surging Warriors took on the Doss Dragons it what was a very good matchup.
The stars shined bright
Western's Chris McGraw and Kittrell Withers were in full force, up and ready for the task at hand. McGraw is, and has been dating back to last year, a force on the defensive end. His new skills on the offensive end are what should be a subject of concern for opposing coaches. Kittrell Withers was a scoring machine and really took advantage of the 3-point line.
Doss point guard Tay Weaver continues to impress in his junior campaign with his stellar play. Weaver was excellent again Tuesday showing strides of maturity while running the Dragon offense. His game is very complex, showing up on the offensive and defensive ends each night.
Offensively, he would be considered a scoring point guard though he is unselfish as one categorized as such can be. Driving the lane seems to be Weaver's area of expertise. His first step is what gives him the edge in that department. And he's a good three-point shooter so defenders are forced to play him tightly.
The Dragons' senior forward Montrell Little was very aggressive in attacking with his back to the basket. Right now he's got about three go-to moves in the post that are very sound. Tuesday night, Little's timing was there and in those minutes without McGraw Western had no answer whatsoever for him.
Western is a contender
Write Western down as a contender for the Sixth Region because they matchup size wise with well with every team. Only problem is they are in one of the more tough districts in the state.
The Warriors didn't commit many turnovers and they should be happy with the way they played. If MCGraw could have stayed out of foul trouble and shots would've fallen more rapidly for the Warriors we may be looking at a different outcome.
Through the ebbs and flows of the second half Doss always had the upper hand and made plays when they had to. No question the Dragons know how to close out a game.
Doss' effort in the first half was lackluster. Other than a few mistakes in the second half the Dragons finish out the game very well. The 76-68 final isn't very telling of the story in this one. What it does reveal is the way Doss finishes out games.