Tigers struggle in first week of boys hoops action


After a week where the Tigers finished 1-2, Battle Ground boys basketball coach Brett Johnson believes there’s still plenty to learn.

The Tigers opened their season with a 75-71 loss to the Columbia River Rapids on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Following the loss, the Tigers bounced back with a 86-75 win over Evergreen High School on Thursday, Nov. 30. On Friday, Dec. 1, there was almost a lid on the Tigers’ basket as they lost 69-36 to the Glacier Peak Grizzlies.

“We got to work on our defense, and it’s not just playing defense. It’s knowing the game of defense, knowing how to help the side, not hugging our guy when they don’t have the ball,” Johnson said. “We can’t remember stuff right now, and it might be because my stuff is new, right?”

Johnson added that his guys are a good group and the players will learn from this first week.

“I told them, I said, ‘Remember where we are now, and remember where we will be at the end of the season. You know, you can’t do anything but improve,’ ” Johnson said.

Trey Spencer found the bucket in the first two games, scoring 28 against the Rapids and 43 against the Evergreen Plainsmen.

The Tigers got a good rest and practice ahead of their rivalry matchup with the Prairie Falcons at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at Prairie High School.